Hardik Pandya, who has been out of the field for a long time due to injury, has made a strong comeback. The star all-rounder of the Indian team not only proved his fitness while hitting 105 runs in 39 balls but has also indicated his opponents to be careful before the South African series and IPL.
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7 fours And 10 Sixes
Only 8 Dot Balls In His Innings.
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In the ongoing DY Patil T20 tournament in Mumbai, the Gujarat player also scored 8 fours and 10 skyscraper sixes in his innings on Tuesday. Hardik, who scored a century in just 37 balls, reminded Pakistani veteran Shahid Afridi, who scored a century in 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Nairobi on October 4, 1996, 24 years ago.
Playing for Reliance 1 in this tournament, Pandya beat CAG bowlers with a strike rate of 269.23. After opening the account without Shikhar Dhawan, he struck a solid partnership with Anmolpreet Singh and then Saurabh Tiwary at number four, giving the opposition a mammoth target of 253 runs in the scheduled 20 overs.
Recovering from back surgery, Hardik is batting at an average of 143 in the tournament. In the first match too, 38 runs came off 25 balls with his bat. At the same time, he also took three wickets. The 26-year-old player, who last participated in the T20 series against South Africa, has so far taken five wickets with 143 runs in two matches.
Apart from Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan and fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar are also trying to regain their lost fitness from this T20 tournament. Like Hardik, Dhawan and Bhuvi are also the first tournaments to recover from injury. Dhawan suffered a shoulder injury during the one-day series against Australia while Bhubaneswar underwent a hernia operation and has not played since December.
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