The flamboyant Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has made a comeback to the Indian T20I side for the three-match series against South Africa scheduled to be commencing on September 15 (Sunday). Ahead of the series, he was badly for his recent Instagram post.
Pandya missed the West Indies series as he copped up a few blows during the World Cup and the selection panel headed by MSK Prasad decided to rest him from the series against the Caribbeans. During this period, he got time to work on his fitness in order to make a strong comeback to the team.
The first of three-match series is scheduled to be taking place in Dharamsala on Sunday. The players gathered in Delhi to attend DDCA’s annual event where the body unveiled one of Feroz Shah Kotla stands which will be named after the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. The team then took a flight to reach the venue earlier on Friday.
Hardik posted a selfie on Instagram with the Indian team jacket with India’s new title sponsors’ logo in it. Meanwhile, learning app BUJY’s have taken over from Oppo as the title sponsor for the Men in Blues in July. Captioning the picture, he wrote: “On the go! When you travel, a selfie is a must”.
Soon after Pandya posted the image on social media, the fans came up with hilarious replies and memes to troll the Indian cricketer.
Here is how the Twitterati reacted:
Byju's branding on Hardik Pandya who is actually proud of failing 10th class is another level ironic https://t.co/DoSSAC9A5x
— Swati (@swatigarg20) September 13, 2019
Wow so an educational site made a proudly uneducated man it's ambassador. 😂😂 https://t.co/UE2vCi0URA
— ANISH MAINALI (@itsanishm) September 13, 2019
— Shuveshek Rai 🏳️🌈 (@shuveshek) September 13, 2019
Pandya's GF threw a pan at him or what… https://t.co/8oazI2Tg2F
— Elite Banker💰 (@coolhandsree) September 13, 2019
Byju's logo on chest made him look more sincere. https://t.co/PNniaaFzwl
— Manish Chavda (@IManish311) September 13, 2019
Backbenchers aise hi dikhte hai😝😀 https://t.co/M4pGPhkO45
— عابدہ Abida (@Abida07) September 13, 2019
Yeh sikhega ya sikhayega? https://t.co/FfJdTYXfs9
— Tabrez (@its_tabrez__) September 13, 2019
Recently, Hardik and his elder brother Krunal Pandya were seen sweating it out in the nets. Hardik took to his Twitter page and shared a video with the caption: “Pandya vs Pandya in training, I think I won that round big bro @krunalpandya24, P.S: Sorry for almost knocking your head off”.
Pandya 🆚 Pandya in training
I think I won that round big bro @krunalpandya24 😂😂
P.S: Sorry for almost knocking your head off 🤣🙏😘 pic.twitter.com/492chd1RZh
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) September 11, 2019
The younger Pandya was last seen in action during the World Cup 2019 where he had a decent tournament with both bat and ball as he helped his team reach the semi-finals but failed to help them to qualify for the final.
India squad for the T20I series:
Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini