Cricket/ Hardik Pandya starts bowling practice at NCA; may make comeback in ODI series against South Africa

  • Pandya underwent lower back surgery in October last year, he has been out of the team for 4 months.
  • First match of 3-match ODI series between India and South Africa in Dharamsala on 12 March

Sports Desk: India all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s back has been the cause of worry ever since he underwent surgery in the UK in October. While he is yet to gain full fitness, the heartening news is that he has started bowling at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru after returning from a check-up in the UK.

An NCA source in the know of developments said that Pandya has commenced working on his bowling at the academy and should be available for selection soon.

“He is back from the UK following a routine check-up and has also begun bowling from this week. He should be available for selection soon. He could be available for the South Africa series as there is still have a month to go for the first ODI against the Proteas in Dharamsala,” the source said.

Commenting on the trip he made to the UK to get checked by spinal surgeon James Allibone, the source said: “It was a routine check and there wasn’t anything more to it.”

Pandya and Bumrah had earlier hired services of Rajnikanth Sivagnanam to undergo rehab: Both Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah had earlier hired the services of Delhi Capitals trainer Rajnikanth Sivagnanam to undergo rehab post their injuries. While Yogesh Parmar kept an eye on Pandya’s progress post his back surgery, Nitin Patel studied every process that Bumrah followed during his rehab after the stress fracture the pacer had suffered on his back.

But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly made it clear that all players must report to the NCA to undergo rehab.