The Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is currently in the recovery process from the back injury that he got during the Asia Cup 2018 in UAE in last September. The 25-year-old is now focusing on getting fit in quick time.
In a recent interview with IANS over the phone, Hardik told, “I am just focusing on getting fit as soon as possible.”
During the final group stage match against Pakistan at Dubai (DSC) in the Asia Cup 2018 on 19 September 2018, Pandya suffered an acute back injury when he was bowling and soon he had to leave the ground on a stretcher. Since then, Pandya hasn’t played a match.
He has already missed the remaining Asia Cup from the Super Four stage, the whole Windies tour of India (two Tests, five-ODIs and three T20Is), the three-match T20I series in Australia and now he is also missing the ongoing four-match Test series in Australia.
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In the recent interview, Hardik added, “I want to get back in the field whenever I can. That is my only priority — to get fit and come back and play for the country.”
The 25-year-old all-rounder claimed that the fitness should be a top priority for all as it will bring the massive difference in elder life.
Hardik said on that, “Fitness is everything… no matter if you are sportsperson or not. It should be a priority in your life because it keeps you healthy. For example, if the youth doesn’t focus on health, they won’t feel any difference right now. But with age they will know… so that is why it is important for youth to be fit.”
Since making his international cricket debut in January 2016, the pace bowling all-rounder has gradually grown up as an important member of the Indian cricket team.
Talking about his cricketing journey till the date, Hardik said, “To be honest, it has been a roller-coaster ride for me. There were ups and downs. And that is what you expect from life. Your life keeps on changing.”
As a talented stylish cricketer, Hardik is presently known as one of the youth icons. However, the all-rounder has claimed that it doesn’t put any extra pressure on him.
Hardik said, “I like to live how I live my life. It is not that I get pressured by it. But generally, it is pretty important — as people call me a youth icon — to set a good example, which generally is good for life. Even if I was not a youth icon, I would like to live a good life which is healthy and be a good person.”