IND vs NZ LIVE – Hardik Pandya’s Fitness Test: The Indian team management has decided to take another fitness test for Hardik Pandya. The test which was earlier scheduled for Friday will now be conducted today. Post this fitness test decision on Hardik’s inclusion in the playing XI will be taken. InsideSport had earlier reported that the team management will not include Hardik in XI ‘purely as a batsman anymore’: Follow India vs New Zealand & T20 World Cup LIVE Updates on InsideSport.in
According to information coming in from sources in Indian team, Pandya will again undergo a fitness test today in evening. He will be asked to bowl 3-4 over spell in the practice session
The team management during this practice session will monitor Pandya very closely and check if his problamtic back still holds-up. His inclusion in the Indian XI will be dependent on how he responds to the drills & bowling spell in this session.
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IND vs NZ LIVE – Hardik Pandya’s Fitness Test: Earlier Pandya bowled as well batted at the nets on Wednesday.
Pandya’s position in the Indian team has come under intense scrutiny after he stopped bowling due to stiffness in the back. But his back holding up at training on Wednesday after he bowled a short spell for around 15 minutes comes as a huge sign of relief for the Indian team management going into the must-win game against New Zealand.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the know said the basic problem Hardik had earlier was that his back muscles were getting stiff the moment he bowled. “If you see, even during the IPL, he did bowl at the nets in the beginning, but his back started getting stiff and that is why he had to rest and skip the game against Chennai Super Kings on September 19 and against Kolkata Knight Riders on September 23.
“But him coming out to bat after his short bowling burst on Wednesday and then to play the pull shots showed that his back was able to hold up. The pivot that comes with playing the pull exerts pressure on the back and if you have muscle stiffness, you cannot attempt that shot. So hopefully, he is almost there when it comes to giving the captain an option as a bowler,” the source said.
IND vs NZ LIVE – Hardik Pandya’s Fitness Test: Coming into the T20 World Cup, skipper Virat Kohli had said he is looking at Hardik getting ready to bowl at least two overs in a game at some stage in the tournament.
“Well, I honestly feel that Hardik Pandya presently with his physical condition is getting better in terms of being prepared to bowl at least two overs for us at a certain stage in this tournament and we strongly believe we can make the most of the opportunity we have at our hand till the time he starts bowling. We have considered a couple of other options to chip in with overs so we are not bothered about that all,” said Kohli during a virtual pre-match press conference ahead of the Pakistan game.
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