Hardik Pandya available for IND vs NZ: Team India got off to a horrific start in their ICC T20 World Cup 2021 campaign as they witnessed an absolute hammering by 10 wickets against arch-rivals Pakistan. The Virat Kohli-led team have a lot of questions in their mind before they face New Zealand in their second match against New Zealand in the ongoing edition of the tournament scheduled on 31 October in Dubai.
During the latter part of India’s innings with the bat, all-rounder Hardik Pandya injured his shoulder and looked in a lot of discomfort after getting dismissed. Incidentally, he did not take the field in the second innings of the match against Pakistan and was sent for scans. However, the latest update is that Hardik is completely fit and available for India’s second game against New Zealand on Sunday. It has been learnt that his shoulder injury is not that serious and has enough time to recover before the next match.
“Yes, Hardik’s scan reports have come and the injury is not very serious. Also the fact that there is a six-day gap between two games gives him enough time to recuperate,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
“But obviously, the medical team would wait and watch as to how he shapes up during the training sessions,” he added
Indian captain Virat Kohli and the team management will be certainly looking forward to make some key changes in their combination for the important match against New Zealand. While considering his lack of form in the recent while, experienced pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is very much likely to be replaced by Shardul Thakur who has the habit of taking regular wickets. Although, Hardik Pandya is not contributing with the ball but he is certain to retain his spot in the playing 11. It will also be interesting to see whether senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin could come in the frame against New Zealand or not.
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