T20 World Cup 2021 – Hardik Pandya preparing himself to ‘bowl in all games at World Cup’


“I have to make sure I am fit to be able to bowl and if I bowl, that brings balance to the Indian side”

Hardik Pandya is upbeat about returning to full swing with the ball for the T20 World Cup in October and wants to make sure “I bowl in all the games.” Battling with a lower-back issue since the 2019 Asia Cup, Pandya has not been bowling regularly for a while now.

“I started bowling in the IPL and my focus is on the World Cup,” Pandya told TOI Sportscast. “I want to make sure that I will be able to bowl in all the games at the [T20] World Cup. I am just trying to be smart and make sure that I don’t miss that. On the bowling front, what matters is how fit I am. Even after my surgery, I didn’t drop my pace. I was not able to drop my control. My bowling is related to my fitness. The fitter I get, the better it comes out. As a fast-bowling allrounder, I tend to get injuries. It is bound to happen and I am okay with it.”

With a shoulder niggle as well during this year’s IPL, Pandya didn’t bowl at all in the seven matches he played for the Mumbai Indians. However, he bowled a nine-over burst in the third and final ODI against England in March. In the five T20Is, he bowled a total of 17 overs with an economy rate of under seven runs per over. Even during the last IPL, he played solely as a specialist batter.