T20 World Cup 2021: Indian dashing all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has been in and out of the Indian side due to injuries and niggles, said he wants to bowl in the World Cup. The cricketer picked his back injury back in 2019 and since then he is not consistent when it comes to picking the ball for his team.
The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is slated to be held in the window of October-November following the IPL 2021 second leg.
“For me, I want to make sure, and I will be able to, that I bowl in all games of the T20 World Cup. I am just trying to be smart and make sure that I don’t miss that. My full focus is on the T20 World Cup,” said Hardik Pandya in Times of India’s podcast Sportscast.
The all-rounder began to bowl after getting full recovery however he timely picked up niggles which restricted him to consistently bowl long spells.
In the last India-England limited-overs series, Hardik Pandya became the talking point as he began to bowl with more accurate line and length. In absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya filled the gaps and took India to comfortable wins.
The Baroda cricketer stated that he didn’t drop his pace even after his injury. He kept hitting hard and is doing everything right to be completely fit to bowl the whole T20 World Cup and afterwards.
“Yes, on my bowling front, what matters is how fit I am. Even after the surgery, I didn’t drop my pace. My bowling is related to my fitness. The fitter I get, the better it comes out. Whenever I play, I don’t want to play 50 per cent. When I play, I will play with 100 per cent,” said Pandya.
Hardik is also picked in the 20-men strong squad for the Sri Lanka tour, next month. It will be an important assignment for him, going ahead.