Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has shared a heartwarming video after his remarkable return to international cricket. Hardik starred with both bat and ball as the Men in Blue underwhelmed England in the third ODI by five wickets at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.
However, his career was in doubt a few months back. He struggled with a back injury and was at the lowest point of his career. He took time off from the game to work on his fitness and made an impeccable return to the Indian Premier League 2022. The 28-year-old led the Gujarat Titans (GT) to the title in their maiden campaign.
Hardik Pandya carried the good form into international cricket and made significant contributions with both bat and ball. Reflecting on the difficult times, Hardik thanked everyone who stood by his side and encouraged him to come back stronger.
Sharing a heartfelt video of the journey from his surgery to his comeback on his social media handles, Hardik Pandya wrote:
“Through the ups and downs, with my people by my side. Woke up every morning raring to go, with the will to become stronger, with the will to become fitter and play for my country. Always grateful to those who stood by me, who encouraged me, who guided me.”
Through the ups and downs, with my people by my side. Woke up every morning raring to go, with the will to become stronger, with the will to become fitter and play for my country. Always grateful to those who stood by me, who encouraged me, who guided me 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/4gi32ijq1k
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 18, 2022
Hardik Pandya’s stats in 2022 in international cricket
Hardik Pandya has amassed 317 runs in 10 innings this year in white-ball cricket, with the highest score of 71. He has also picked up 12 wickets in total, including two four-wicket hauls.
He will be next seen in action during the upcoming five-match T20I series against West Indies, which gets underway on July 29. However, he has been rested for the three ODIs, starting from July 22.
The ace all-rounder will hope to keep the momentum going with the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 lined up later this year in Australia.