Hardik tar­gets come­back dur­ing New Zealand tour in Jan­uary

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Mum­bai, In­dia - In­dia all­rounder Hardik Pandya is tar­get­ing an in­ter­na­tional re­turn dur­ing the tour of New Zealand, which be­gins in the last week of Jan­uary 2020.

Pandya, who un­der­went back surgery in Oc­to­ber, in­di­cated that, as per the plan worked out with In­dia's team man­age­ment, he is sched­uled to join the squad 'mid­way' into the New Zealand se­ries, then fea­ture in the IPL, and then be ready for the T20 World Cup in Aus­tralia in Oc­to­ber 2020

Af­ter host­ing Aus­tralia for the three ODIs at home in Jan­uary, In­dia will travel to New Zealand to play five T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests. Pandya last played for In­dia dur­ing the T20I se­ries against South Africa at home in Septem­ber.

That marked his re­turn to the team fol­low­ing a pe­riod of rest af­ter the World Cup in Eng­land, with the team man­age­ment want­ing him to fo­cus on his strength train­ing. Pandya, how­ever, com­plained of back trou­ble dur­ing the South Africa se­ries, ac­cord­ing to the BCCI, and this even­tu­ally cul­mi­nated in his un­der­go­ing surgery.

In­ci­den­tally, Pandya said he had been car­ry­ing the in­jury, and 'managing' it, for five years. But he re­alised that the back pain was ham­per­ing his per­for­mance.

"I could have done the surgery a month later, but it would not have helped me in any way," he said. "I was feel­ing the dif­fer­ence in my back and wasn't able to take it.”

Pandya said the long pe­riod of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion has been dif­fi­cult for him, men­tally. "It might sound cool, but it is not easy to keep com­ing back as you need mo­ti­va­tion. Yes, we all have mo­ti­va­tion, but you need to be sure that you do not go down the wrong path.

“You don't ques­tion your­self and why is it hap­pen­ing to you. I try and back my­self and stay pos­i­tive. I have un­der­stood that ev­ery come­back gives me an edge and makes me stronger. I want peo­ple to say I learnt some­thing when I was away due to in­jury. Phys­i­cally I can al­ways come back, but men­tally it is im­por­tant to stay healthy."

Hardik Pandya

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