Hardik Pandya might be physically recovering after his lower back surgery but he is definitely down after Zaheer Khan responded to his birthday wishes by providing him a stinging throwback that left the all-rounder silenced. Former Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan reminded young Hardik Pandya of who the boss was as he took to point out to the injured all-rounder of what had happened after Hardik Pandya had hit him for a boundary and went on to say that his birthday was exactly like the next delivery had Hardik had faced after having dispatched the previous delivery for a boundary. Zaheer Khan took a dig at Hardik Pandya and gave him a burning reminder of how the former pacer made Pandya his victim, and his bowling skills will always be hailed by the Indian fans. Hardik Pandya was also trolled by the Indian fans for taking a dig at the former pacer and was trolled by the netizens on social media.
Hahahaha....thank you for the wishes @hardikpandya7 my batting skills can never be as good as yours but the birthday was as good as the next delivery you faced from me in this match 😉 https://t.co/anhQdrUBN7— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) October 8, 2019
Birthday wishes had poured in for Zaheer Khan from all corners. Be it from the fans or the cricketing fraternity, everyone came forward to wish him and Hardik Pandya was one of them as well. Both 'Zak' and Pandya are associated with the most successful IPL team Mumbai Indians. Hardik is one of the most valuable players while Zaheer Khan is the Director of Cricket Operations of MI. Pandya took to social media and had a cheeky wish for Zaheer Khan. The all-rounder wrote that he hoped Khan smashes it out of the park-like he had done. Hardik then posted a video of him hitting Zaheer Khan out of the park in a domestic game.
Hardik Pandya got a much-deserved break after ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 where India had finished as the semi-finalists. He did not take part in India's successful Caribbean tour that had succeeded in the quadrennial event. Pandya made his comeback in the three-match T20I series against South Africa last month. Nonetheless, he could not make much of an impact as he could only manage two wickets and 14 runs in the two matches that he had played as the series was tied at 1-1 with one match being washed out. As per reports, the all-rounder will not be playing the away series against Bangladesh and it is still unknown about when he will make his comeback.