Cricket-Pandya works on bowling return after fizzing in Sydney

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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY, Nov.28 (Reuters) – Hardik Pandya’s strike was a big positive for India in the first day international match against Australia on Saturday and the former all-rounder also had some good news about his bowling after the loss of 66 points.

The 27-year-old scored for the tourists with confidence in 76 of 90 innings at Sydney Cricket Ground, hammering seven fours and four sixes to keep India in the game deep in the game.

A lower back injury required surgery after ending his 2019-20 season prematurely and Pandya has not played a game since leaving India running out of a sixth option to take the ball for a few. overs.

With World Twenty20 tournaments coming up in 2021 and 2022, as well as a 50-time World Cup in 2023, India will need to play the role as soon as possible and Pandya has suggested he may still be ready to. do the trick.

“It’s a process,” Pandya said. “I’m looking for a long term goal where I want to be at 100% of my bowling ability for the most important games. The World Cups are coming. More crucial series are coming. Whenever it is needed.

“I think of it as a long term plan, not a short term where I burn myself out. I can’t tell you exactly when I’m going to bowling but … in the nets I play bowling.

“It’s just that I’m not ready for the game … It’s a matter of confidence and the skills have to be at international level.”

Pandya said having a versatile player is essential for the balance of any modern international team in limited cricket.

“It’s always going to be tough with five bowlers,” he said.

“When someone has a day off, you don’t have anyone to fill the quota. More than an injury, the role of the sixth bowler is when someone in the five bowlers is having a bad day.”

The second of three a day is at the same field Sunday.

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