Sydney: In the second ODI between India and Australia, Team India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya was seen bowling. Hardik Pandya was not bowling after back surgery done a year ago and that is why he only batted in the IPL.
India are missing an extra bowler in the ongoing ODI series with Australia as the regular bowlers of the team are constantly leaking runs. In such a situation, in the second ODI, in the 36th over, Hardik was put on the bowling front when Australia looked strong by scoring 230 runs for two wickets in 35 overs.
Pandya (Hardik Pandya) Also impressed with his performance with the ball. Pandya took one wicket for 24 runs in four overs. He lost just five runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground against the in-form Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschen.
Steve Smith departs after a brilliant 104.
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In his second over, Pandya gave just four runs, in which the Australians found it difficult to play his slow ball.
In the third over, he enticed Smith to play the short and wide ball which seemed to be part of his plan and it went directly into the hands of Mohammed Shami, touching the Australian’s bat.
After the ODI debut two days ago, Pandya said that he will bowl in ‘important’ matches and only when the time is right. He has made some changes in his bowling action to reduce the pressure on the body.
Let me tell you that Pandya underwent back surgery in the UK in October last year. His back has been troubling him since the Test series in England in 2018. Due to this surgery, he remained out of cricket for about a year. The all-rounder played the last T20 International against South Africa in September 2019.