Yesterday, the Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya was ruled out of the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia, due to lower back stiffness. The Baroda player will undergo strength and conditioning training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru from next week.
Sources told Hindustan Times that without a doubt, the Cricket World Cup will be the top priority for Pandya. But there might well be a scenario, where the all-rounder is rested from 2019 IPL.
The source, however, added, “Too early to speak about that (IPL participation) at present. He has a stiff back and it is not like he is carrying any injury. After the three weeks of training at the NCA, he will once again undergo a fitness test and the decision on his participation in the T20 league will be taken then.”
Notably, Pandya had earlier suffered a lower-back injury during the Asia Cup encounter against Pakistan as well, which ruled him out of the home series against Windies and also the T20I series and early part of the Test series against Australia.
A board functionary told HT, “If you realize, Baroda wasn’t playing a game for 16 days since the match against Mumbai from December 14. While it is true that he had played just one game since returning from injury, the team management thought that it was best to have him around the team to ensure that he is fully recovered by the time the ODI series gets underway on January 12. The level of training and prepping goes a level higher when you are with the national team and under the watchful eyes of the Indian trainers.”