Asia Cup 2022: Hardik Pandya thanks Team India physio, trainer for his international cricket comeback

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Asia Cup 2022: Hardik Pandya thanks Team India physio, trainer for his international cricket comeback
Asia Cup 2022: Hardik Pandya thanks Team India physio, trainer for his international cricket comeback

Asia Cup 2022: Hardik Pandya thanks Team India physio, trainer for his international cricket comeback

Asia Cup 2022: Star Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has given credit to his trainer Soham Patel and physio Nitin Patel for helping him make a successful comeback in international cricket. Pandya has won numerous games for his country’s team by playing an important role with both bat and ball.

In a video posted by BCCI featuring Ravindra Jadeja, Pandya was questioned by Ravindra Jadeja about his path from the 2018 Asia Cup, where he suffered a back injury.

“I remember how I was being stretchered out. It was this same dressing room. This (his journey after injury) feels like an achievement because of the opportunities I have got after facing what I faced. This journey has been beautiful, I would like to thank Soham Desai and Nitin Patel for my comeback,” he said.

Pandya has been in outstanding form for India this year with both the bat and the ball. He reproduced his consistency for India after leading Gujarat Titans to their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) championship in their inaugural season.

Pandya has scored 314 runs in T20Is this season, averaging 34.88 runs over 13 innings in 14 games. He has made several significant runs, including one half-century. Additionally, he has 11 wickets for his team in 14 games and a top bowling average of 4/33.

Pandya stated that the team is pleased to have won because it was crucial for them.

“Our nerves were checked, we were challenged as a team. Love the way he (Jadeja) came out and played,” he added.

When Jadeja questioned Pandya about his attitude during the last over, Pandya responded that because there was a left-arm spinner, the task of hitting seven in the final over did not feel difficult.

“Had there been five fielders or ten, I would have hit it out anyways. I did not feel pressure but was rather counting on bowler to make mistakes,” he added.

Jadeja claimed that his 35-run inning was significant. “It was important. I was promoted and was looking forward to taking my chances against spinners by hitting big shots. Our partnership was important. The way we talked about backing our strengths and will play our shots, it was nice,” he added.

Pandya feels that this game will teach players a valuable lesson if the club ever finds itself in a difficult scenario in the future. He is appreciative that the middle order is getting chances to play match-defining innings.

Coming to the match, Pakistan dismissed for 148 runs in 19.4 overs. Only Iftikhar Ahmed (28) and also opener Mohammed Rizwan (43) were able to make a decent contribution with the bat.

Pakistani hitters completely overwhelmed by the pace and short deliveries of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/26), Hardik Pandya (3/25),  Arshdeep Singh (2/33) and also Avesh Khan (1/19), and wickets continued to fall regularly.

India lost KL Rahul for a duck in the opening over of their 149-run chase. After that, the innings was led by Virat Kohli (35) and the captain, Rohit Sharma (12), who both toiled at the other end and put together a 49-run partnership. India held to 3/53 by Mohammed Nawaz’s double strikes, which resulted in the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli.

Following this, the scoreboard moved by a 36-run partnership between Ravindra Jadeja and Suryakumar Yadav before Suryakumar sent out for 18 by rookie Naseem Shah. India came close to winning the match thanks to a 52-run partnership between Jadeja (35) and Hardik Pandya (33*). However, with two balls remaining, the in-form Pandya hit a six to give India a five-wicket victory.

Pakistan’s bowlers Nawaz (3/33) and Naseem Shah (2/27) performed admirably, but not good enough to secure a victory.

Pandya adjudged as ‘Man of the Match’ for his all-round performance.