Hardik Pandya asked to prove fitness by National Cricket Academy

Hardik Pandya is not part of the Indian squad for the Test series in Australia (Reuters Photo)

ardik Pandya is yet to fully recover from a back injury he suffered during the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates in September.

It seems the BCCI selection committee does not want to rush Pandya’s comeback as he been asked to rest and work on improving fitness by the medical staff at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, according to a report in the ESPNCricinfo.

Pandya, who was part of the India A squad for the third and final four-day unofficial Test against New Zealand A and also three one-dayers, will now miss the competitive matches.

But Pandya is likely to be seen back in action in Baroda’s Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai from December 14.

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Pandya had suffered a lower-back injury during India’s match against Pakistan at the Asia Cup. Pandya had to be carried off on a stretcher after he landed awkwardly in his delivery stride following the fifth ball of his fourth over.

The injury ruled him out of the tournament that India went on to win for the seventh time.

The 25-year-old was recently seen smoking at Sakshi Dhoni’s birthday bash. However, the all-rounder was a couple of days later seen sweating at nets.

Pandya is a key member of the Indian side and the team management would hope for him to recover in time for the ODIs in Australia in January. India will play a three-match ODI series from January 12-18.

In Hardik’s absence, his elder brother Krunal Pandya is making the most of the opportunities in the national side.

[“source=indiatoday]