Not wearing India jersey became a mental challenge: Hardik Pandya
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Published: March 12, 2020 6:49:35 pm


Hardik Pandya Hardik Pandya final performed for India in a T20 in September 2019. (File Photo)

Hardik Pandya, talking on the sidelines of the washed out 1st ODI between India and South Africa in Dharamsala on Thursday, mentioned he has battled some mental setbacks throughout his time away from the crew.

“I missed this atmosphere in these past six months, playing for India and the feeling that you get wearing the team’s colours. That had become mental challenge and there were a lot of setbacks,” Pandya mentioned throughout his look on ‘Chahal TV’ ahead of the series-opener.

“I was trying to get back to full fitness quickly but that did not work out and there was a lot of mental pressure at that time. But everything went fine, the rehabilitation went well and a lot of people helped me,” Pandya mentioned.

Pandya, 26, underwent a profitable surgical procedure in October final 12 months to deal with an acute lower-back damage, which saved him out of motion for six months.

He final performed an ODI in opposition to New Zealand within the World Cup semi-final in Manchester and his final worldwide recreation was a T20 in opposition to the Proteas in Bengaluru in September final 12 months.

Rain didn’t enable Pandya to step out on to the Dharamsala turf as a part of the India XI on Thursday, however Pandya has proved his fitness in the DY Patil Tournament, an invitational T20 match through which he scored two centuries, the second of which was an unbeaten 55-ball 158 through which he smashed 20 sixes.

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