India’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya does not want to risk Test cricket at the moment due to a back injury and this is also because he knows his utility in the limited overs format. Pandya has not played the Test since September 2018. He has played only 11 Tests so far but has confirmed his place as an aggressive all-rounder in limited overs. He is in recovery after a waist surgery last year.
Pandya was hurt in 2018 when he was taken from the field on a stretcher during the Asia Cup match against Pakistan. He said, ‘I felt that my career was over because I never saw anyone going on stretcher like this. My pain was not diminishing, but my body immediately went into recovery mode. The Asia Cup was my last tournament before being rested anyway.
Pandya, who was surrounded by controversies due to anti-women rhetoric on a TV show last year, said he had learned his lesson. He said, “I have become sane after that incident. I made mistakes in life but accepted them. If not, I would be doing another TV show. ‘
Pandya said, “Now I don’t bother thinking it because we accepted it. What saddens me the most is that my family has paid the penalty for my mistake. It is not acceptable. ‘
The player coming from Baroda admitted that there was a time in his career when the words of others had a great impact on him and he got distracted. He said, “My IPL team Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting handled me like a kid. I have learned a lot from him. ‘