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I had never seen someone stretchered off, thought my career’s over: Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya hasn't played a Test since September 2018, appearing in a total of 11 five-day matches, but has cemented his place as a big-hitting all-rounder in the limited-overs formats. 

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 3, 2020 3:55:40 pm
Hardik Pandya injury, Hardik Pandya asia cup back injury, Hardik Pandya back injury, Hardik Pandya interview, Harsha Bhogle interview with Hardik Pandya Hardik Pandya pulled up while completing his follow-through against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2018. (File)

India’s dashing, stylish and flashy all-rounder Hardik Pandya is waiting for cricket to resume again as he is all set for cricketing action after recovering from a career-threatening back injury.

Pandya hasn’t played a Test since September 2018, appearing in a total of 11 five-day matches, but has cemented his place as a big-hitting all-rounder in the limited-overs formats.

However, injuries have hampered his progress in the last year.

Pandya first picked up the back injury in 2018 when he was stretchered off the field during an Asia Cup match against Pakistan.

Talking to Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz, Hardik recalled the day he thought his career was over. “I genuinely thought that my career is over because I’d never seen anyone being stretchered off. I was knocked out for 10 minutes, after that the pain never went down.

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“What happens to me is that my body goes into recovery mode straight away… Asia Cup was anyway going to be my last series before being rested but then the injury happened,” he remembered.

The 26-year-old swashbuckling batsman also said, “I see myself as a back-up seamer for sure. After my back surgery, I don’t know, playing Test cricket right now will be a challenge.

“If I was a Test player and didn’t have the game in white-ball cricket, I could go now and risk my back in Tests but I know my importance in white-ball cricket.

“It has happened that I played Tests and then didn’t do well in ODIs and T20s because my plus point is my energy,” he explained.

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