Confusion reigns over Hardik Pandya’s availability for Afghanistan T20Is, IPL 2024

There’s an absence of readability over Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s availability for the T20I sequence in opposition to Afghanistan at dwelling and the Indian Premier League 2024. On Saturday, December 23, a report by information company PTI claimed that Pandya is unlikely to get well from his ankle damage very quickly and is ready to overlook not solely the Afghanistan sequence however IPL 2024 as nicely.

India tackle Afghanistan in a three-game T20I sequence at dwelling from January 11 to 17. The dates for IPL 2024 haven’t been confirmed but. However, in accordance with experiences, the T20 league is more likely to get underway on Mar. 22 and conclude in direction of the top of May.

While claiming that there are excessive probabilities of Pandya lacking out on not solely the Afghanistan sequence however IPL 2024 as nicely, PTI quoted a BCCI supply as saying on situation of anonymity

“There is not any replace on Hardik’s health standing as of now and one can say there stays an enormous query mark of him being obtainable earlier than the top of IPL.”

Meanwhile, Times of India has claimed that the 30-year-old is ready to characteristic within the Afghanistan sequence and the IPL as nicely, as he has recovered from his ankle damage, which he suffered throughout the 2023 ODI World Cup within the league conflict in opposition to Bangladesh.

“He has fully recovered from his ankle damage. He has been coaching daily,” TOI quoted a supply as saying.

On earlier experiences of his unavailability for the Afghanistan sequence and the IPL, the supply stated:

“(He ought to) positively be match for the IPL, and probably the Afghanistan T20Is.

“Hardik is match and tremendous. In truth, he has been figuring out every day. All the speak about him occurring to overlook IPL is simply rumor. There are nonetheless nearly 4 months left for IPL 2024, so something, at this second, is simply hypothesis.”

In a big growth, Pandya was traded from Gujarat Titans to Mumbai Indians final month. Subsequently, he was additionally named captain of the MI franchise, changing Rohit Sharma.


Will Hardik Pandya captain India within the 2024 T20 World Cup?

Since Team India’s semifinal exit from the 2022 T20 World Cup, Rohit Sharma has not performed any T20I for the Men in Blue. Pandya has led the T20I squad on a number of events since then. When he has been unavailable, Suryakumar Yadav has been given cost of the T20I squad.

However, following his sensible management within the ODI World Cup, there was a rising clamor to revive Rohit as T20I captain retaining the World Cup in thoughts. It will likely be fascinating to see who leads India within the ICC occasion subsequent yr.

Meanwhile, there was no replace from BCCI over Pandya’s damage lately.

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