The Baroda all-rounder has become one of the mainstays of the Indian batting order in limited-overs matches over the last few seasons.

Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has refrained from bowling for the past year or so. He went through back surgery last year and the management is not ready to take any risks with him.

However, the absence of a pace-bowling all-rounder has clearly been an issue for Team India. Though Ravindra Jadeja has stepped up his game as an all-rounder, the Virat Kohli-led side doesn’t have a batsman who can swing his arms.

Now, Hardik Pandya revealed his bowling plans, especially keeping this year’s ICC T20 World Cup in mind. The tournament is likely to be held in India between October-November.

“For me, I want to make sure, and I will be able to, that I bowl in all the games of the (T20) World Cup. I am just trying to be smart and make sure that I don’t miss that. My full focus is on the T20 World Cup,” he told the ‘TOI Sportcast’.

Hardik was even dropped from the Test team due to the same. The 27-year-old is currently working on his fitness in order to resume bowling and fully serve Team India at the T20 World Cup.

“Yes, on the bowling front, what matters is how fit I am. Even after my surgery, I didn’t drop my pace. My bowling is related to my fitness. The fitter I get, the better it comes out. Whenever I play, I don’t want to play at 50%. (When) I play, I will play at 100%,” he added.

Though he did bowl a few overs against Australia and England, he seemed far from his best. He has stayed away from bowling since then.

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