Hardik Pandya likely to miss Afghanistan T20I series, will be fit before IPL: Sources | Cricket News – Times of India

Hardik Pandya likely to miss Afghanistan T20I series, will be fit before IPL: Sources | Cricket News - Times of India

Mumbai: Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya He is likely to miss the T20I series against Afghanistan, but will be fit from his ankle injury ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a source told ANI.
Pandya was part of India’s ICC Cricket World Cup squad. He played four matches, taking five wickets with figures of 2/34 and scoring 11* in his only innings against Australia, before breaking his ankle during a league stage game against Bangladesh on 19 October. The injury ruled him out of the tournament.
Pandya has not played any international cricket since then, missing the five-match T20I series against Australia and the three-match T20I and ODI series during the tour of South Africa. Surya Kumar Yadav Led India in all T20I matches while KL Rahul led the team in ODIs Pandya And the regular captain Rohit Sharmawho had requested some time off from white-ball cricket after the World Cup final against Australia.
The three-match T20I series against Afghanistan will be India’s last international assignment, from January 11-17, before the ICC T20 World Cup, which will be held in West Indies/USA in June.
In November this year, Pandya moved from Gujarat Titans (GT) to his former franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) following a trade between the two franchises. The all-rounder spent two key years with GT, driving his campaign vigorously. In GT’s debut season in 2022, Hardik ensured a fairytale start, with the team lifting the coveted trophy, while finishing runners-up in his second season after a last-ball defeat in a thrilling final earlier this year. stay
Pandya has big shoes to fill as MI’s new captain. Rohit which has won the franchise five IPL titles. After days of trading with the franchise he was announced as the new captain of MI which put him on the map.
In 31 matches for GT in 2022–23, Pandya scored 833 runs at an average of 37.86 and a strike rate of over 133, with six fifties and a best score of 87*. He also took 11 wickets for the team, with best figures of 3/17.
Pandya also played 92 matches for MI from 2015-2021, scoring 1,476 runs at an average of 27.33 at a strike rate of 153-plus, with four half-centuries and a best score of 91. He also took 42 wickets for the team. Best bowling figures of 3/20. Pandya has won five IPL trophies, four with MI (2015, 2017, 2019, 2020) and GT (2022).

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