The last couple of years has been tough for Hardik. It all started in 2018 when Hardik complained of lower back problem. The all-rounder went for surgery in England in 2019 keeping in mind of the ‘long-term benefits’. However, ever since his return in the international arena, Hardik hasn’t bowled with full intensity like his usual self and his form with the bat has been a concern too.
Mumbai Indians did not went for Hardik Pandya in the retention. And the player got fetched by a newer franchise of Ahmedabad origin of which he is the captain too. However, the status on his bowling is still a mystery. And statements of Hardik are making it more curious whether he will bowl in the IPL or not.
In a conversation with Cricbuzz, Hardik said that “It’s (bowling) a surprise for everyone. My team knows where I stand,”. There are speculations in the cricketing fraternity that the all-rounder may leave out bowling all-together and will focus entirely on his batting which has always been his plus point. Hardik however clarified the opposite.
I’ve always realised that as an all-rounder I give a lot of different options to the team. I’ll try to work on being an all-rounder and if something doesn’t work out then my batting is always there. But Hardik Pandya combined with both bat and ball, it sounds better than just a batter.” said Pandya.
Criticism is good and it doesn’t really bother me : Hardik Pandya
Pandya’s inclusion in the T20 World Cup team raised eyebrows as the all-rounder did not played too many competitive matches before the ICC event. His inability to score runs in the tournament coupled with the absence of his bowling caused uproar, after which the all-rounder said that he was selected as a batter in the side and not as an all-rounder.
“We all love challenges and I love to fight it out. Criticism is good and it doesn’t really bother me. For me, results do matter but I work hard for the process,” he pointed out.” Pandya said. Hardik is not in the squad for the West Indies series.