In a major relief for cricket fans, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, batting ace Shikhar Dhawan and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar are set to be seen back in action.
Pandya underwent a productive net session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru recently. He was seen facing throwdown in the nets and mainly played with a straight bat. It is not yet clear if he will make a comeback in the South Africa ODIs next month or the IPL. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan sustained a shoulder injury during the ODI series against Australia and has been missing out on action since then. Bhuvneshwar Kumar underwent a hernia operation and is now back to his full fitness.
The trio is set to feature in the DY Patil T20 tournament, which began on Monday. The likes of Shivam Dubey, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson will take the field as well. Mumbai’s Surya Kumar Yadav will get yet another platform to push his case for a national call-up.
“The Reliance 1 (team) would be represented by players like Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Shikhar Dhawan,” said Dr Vijay Patil, President, DY Patil Sports Academy and Mumbai Cricket Association at a press meet.
Furthermore, India will host South Africa in a 3-match ODI series and the cricketers would like to make a statement with their respective performance. Some of the big names might be rested for the white-ball series.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has reportedly sent names of four Indian cricketers to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Friday for the two T20s between Asia XI and World XI.
According to sources, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Shikhar Dhawan and Kuldeep Yadav are expected to feature in the Asia XI team in the two T20s to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The matches are scheduled to be played at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on March 18 and March 21.