Hardik Pandya on Tuesday destroyed bowlers with a 37-ball century in a T20 tournament in Mumbai, making a strong case for his inclusion in India’s squad for the upcoming three-match One-day International (ODI) series against South Africa is yet to announce soon. Hardik, who underwent surgery in 2019, was left out of the New Zealand tour after failing a fitness test. Now, Playing for Reliance 1 against CAG in a Group C clash of the 16th DY Patil T20 Cup, Hardik scored 105 runs in just 39 balls, helping his team post 252/5 in 20 overs.
During his 39-ball stay at the crease, Hardik smashed 10 sixes and eight fours. After the innings, Hardik said he is pleased with the way he is performing after being away from the tournament for almost six months.
“It’s fantastic (platform) for someone like me. I have been away for almost six months. This is just 2nd second game after a long time. For me it is a good stage to see where I am currently and test my body. I am delighted with the way things have gone,” Hardik told DY Patil Sports Academy in a video posted on their Facebook page.
Before the injury, Hardik was an integral part of the Indian team across formats but after the surgery, he underwent an intense rehabilitation process to regain the full match-fitness.
Earlier in the day, the all-rounder shared a picture of his transformation in the last three months.