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Hardik Pandya hopes to return during the New Zealand tour
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Hardik Pandya hopes to return during the New Zealand tour

The Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya hopes to return during the New Zealand tour. The all-rounder, who went under a back surgery in October 2019, is hopeful of making a comeback midway through the New Zealand tour. Pandya also feels like that he will be able to feature in the Indian Premier League edition 2020 and then prepare himself for the ICC T20 World Cup in the latter half of the next year.

 All-Rounder Hardik Pandya in action

All-Rounder Hardik Pandya in action

After hosting Australia for the three ODIs at home in January, India will travel to New Zealand to play five T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests. Pandya last played for India during the T20I series against South Africa at home in September. That marked his return to the team following a period of rest after the World Cup in England, with the team management wanting him to focus on his strength training. Pandya, however, complained of back trouble during the South Africa series, according to the BCCI, and this eventually culminated in his undergoing surgery.

Pandya returned to training in Mumbai last week but he did not bat or bowl. The Indian all-rounder is avoiding the stress on his already-rehabilitating body. “I am sure that I will make a strong comeback. We have to be a little careful and go with the flow, seeing the body and then take a call on coming back. Once we start cricket, it won't take much time. Just need to be ready for the international standard." Pandya said.