The flamboyant Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya recently underwent lower back surgery in the United Kingdom (UK) and on Tuesday he shared his journey towards full recovery via a video on Twitter. Hardik had left for the United Kingdom to get his back treated by the same doctor who treated him during India’s tour of England in 2018 and the 2019 World Cup.
Pandya had aggravated his back injury during the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against South Africa. Captioning the video of his recovery, he wrote: “Baby steps .. but my road to full fitness begins here and now. Thank you to everyone for their support and wishes, it means a lot”.
Baby steps .. but my road to full fitness begins here and now 💪 Thank you to everyone for their support and wishes, it means a lot 🙏 pic.twitter.com/shjo78uyr9
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) October 8, 2019
Hardik was not picked in the India squad for the ongoing three-Test series against the visiting South Africans. He will also be missing the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Bangladesh which will be played in India, starting November 3. After India’s bittersweet campaign at the grandest stages of them all, Pandya also took a sabbatical from international cricket and was not named in the 15-man squad for the Caribbean tour across comprising of 3 T20Is as many ODIs and a couple of Test matches.
The 25-year-old, who has played 11 Tests, 54 ODIs and 40 T20Is, will be an integral part of the Indian team during the next year’s World T20 scheduled to take place in Australia. India began their Test campaign at home with a win over South Africa with a huge margin of 2013 runs. With the win, India added 40 more points to take their World Championship tally to 160 and consolidate their top spot.
India will host South Africa for the second Test in Pune from Thursday. The third and final Test will be played in Ranchi from October 19.