India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has not bowled much since his back surgery, but is hopeful of bowling in all games in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Hardik was recently named in India's limited-overs series squad against Sri Lanka, beginning July 13.
“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 World Cup,” Hardik told the TOI’s brand new podcast TOI Sportscast.
Hardik says that he did not drop his pace even after his surgery in a few overs he has bowled since and further adds that the fitter he is the better his bowling will be.
“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 says.
Hardik did not have a particularly good Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, having not scored 20 or more even once. He will look to bounce back and help Mumbai Indians (MI) retain the crown when the tournament resumes sometime in September.