Hardik Pandya’s poor fitness is not taking the name of improvement since the departure of Team India from the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup. The Indian all-rounder is also being blamed for being out of the Indian team in the World T20. Even Pandya’s career seems to be in danger. In such a situation, former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar has recalled the conversation with Pandya a few years ago.
Shoaib Akhtar came to chat on Aakash Chopra’s YouTube channel. If the Pakistani veteran is to be believed, he had guessed long ago that Hardik was going to be injured. Not only this, he had also warned Pandya, but he did not take it seriously.
Akhtar revealed, ‘I met both Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah in Dubai. Then I warned both the Mumbai Indians cricketers about their lean physique. Both looked like a bird. He had no back muscles (part of the back). While mine is still very strong. I touched Hardik’s back and told him that you will get injured, then he told me that he is playing a lot of cricket. He got injured just an hour and a half after my conversation.
Hardik Pandya was taken out of the field on a stretcher due to a back injury against Pakistan in the Asia Cup in 2018. Since then he has not been able to bowl. away from international cricket. Even Mumbai Indians are not able to score runs in the Indian Premier League. Maybe that’s why the franchise has decided to release him just before the mega auction.
Shoaib Akhtar used to bowl continuously at a speed of 150 kmph. Akhtar played 46 Tests, 163 One Day Internationals and 15 T20 Internationals in an international career spanning 14 years. Akhtar took 178 wickets in Test cricket, 247 in One Day Internationals and 19 wickets in T20 Internationals.