Trying to hasten my recovery during World Cup led to prolonged rehab, admits Hardik Pandya | Cricket News

Mar18,2024



New Delhi: hardik pandyaAn attempt to speed up his comeback during the business end of last year's ODI World Cup match actually worsened his ankle injury, delaying his potential return by five months.
Pandya suffered the injury while attempting to stop the ball during a follow-through in India's fourth World Cup match against Bangladesh in Pune on October 19.
Initially aiming to make a comeback during the home T20I against Afghanistan, Pandya's rehabilitation process took longer than anticipated.
The means to his eventual comeback now appears to be the upcoming IPL – a lucrative league that shot the dynamic all-rounder from Baroda to fame almost a decade ago.
“My injury was strange. It had nothing to do with my previous injuries or my fitness. I tried to stop the ball and twisted my ankle. From the first day when I got injured, my injury showed clearly That I'll be out.” World Cup,” Pandya said during a media interaction organized by Mumbai Indians here on Monday.
Pandya was trying to make a comeback till the semi-finals but in the long run his frustration proved to be counterproductive.
“We pushed but it would have been a tough task to be fit for the World Cup semi-finals or final. When we pushed, the injury kind of happened and my recovery took longer (than expected).”
Pandya admitted that his desire to represent India at half-fit during the World Cup semi-finals was unfair.
“I had a recurrence of it. My injury had worsened and the question was 'Do I want to represent India at 50 per cent?'. The answer was no, because India deserves better than this and I wouldn't be able to do it myself .Justify the fact that I am coming (back) not fully prepared,'' he said.
“From there, the whole focus was on getting back as quickly as I could, but with injuries and some of the weird injuries I had, you have to take time.
“It's not something that gets cured with physiotherapy, it's just the natural body recovery that we need to do and obviously the whole MI thing came up. I was sitting at home, training hard and this news Came and it was even more special.” Pandya talks about his switch from Gujarat Titans to MI.
Pandya said that when India played the three-match T20 series against Afghanistan at home, he was fully fit, but he did not get enough opportunities to play.
The all-rounder was recently part of the Reliance One team in the DY Patil T20 tournament, which marked his return to professional cricket after the break.
“When I became fit, the Afghanistan series had just started. I have been fit since then (but) there were no games to play,” he said.
“When I got injured, I had no idea how bad it was. When I went for the scan, it just looked like a little problem that would heal. But as the hours went by, it showed the real picture – my The ankle was swollen.
“I went straight to the NCA the next day to complete my procedure and make sure that I come back. Then, we tried every day to make sure that I was available for the World Cup (end) and we got it on the 12th.” The decision had to be taken later.” day,” he said.
When asked whether Pandya would bowl in the IPL, the MI skipper replied in the “positive”.
Awaiting update on Suryakumar Yadav
Meanwhile, MI head coach mark boucher Said that the team is waiting to hear from the Indian Cricket Board on the fitness status of star batsman Suryakumar Yadav.
“We are waiting for an update on Suryakumar from the BCCI. We have always been surrounded by fitness issues but we have a world-class medical team. We may lose one or two in terms of fitness but we will The game has to move forward,” Boucher said.
It was reported by PTI last week that the world No. 1 ranked T20 batsman, who is recovering from sports hernia surgery, will miss the first few matches but his rehabilitation is on track as far as the World T20 is concerned. Is on the right track.
MI will not have a policy of giving rest to players
However, Boucher said that keeping in mind the T20 World Cup to be held this year, there will be no policy to give rest to the players.
“As the coach of Mumbai Indians, I will be a little biased and expect to see my best players playing all the games. I have a soft spot for my players and I understand that they may have some flaws and Only then will I do it.” Have confidence in my medical team and work with them accordingly,” he said.
talking about Rohit SharmaBoucher said the Indian captain performed “brilliantly” against England in the recently concluded Test series and hoped his good form would continue in the IPL.
“Rohit is in great touch. The way he was hitting the ball against England was fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing him go out and express himself. If he has a great season, we will be in the final stage ” Tournament,” Boucher said.
(With inputs from PTI)



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