Hardik Pandya comeback in IND vs SA T20 in December?

Hardik Pandya will probably make his comeback in the IND vs SA three-match T20 series in December. Pandya is ruled out of the ongoing World Cup 2023 event.


Hardik Pandya sustained an injury during the IND vs Ban match on October 19 at Pune. He suffered a ligament tear in the match. Since then, he has been missing from the line-up. On Saturday, November 4, the news of Hardik Pandya missing the tournament broke. Moreover, Prasidh Krishna was announced as Hardik Pandya’s replacement. Hardik Pandya, on his ruling out of the World Cup 2023, expressed his emotions and said,

“Tough to digest the fact that I will miss out on the remaining part of the World Cup. I’ll be with the team, in spirit, cheering them on every ball of every game. Thanks for all the wishes, the love, and the support has been incredible. This team is special and I’m sure we’ll make everyone proud. Love, always, HP

Amidst all this, Hardik Pandya featured in a thrilling promotional video released by Indian broadcaster Star Sports. Ahead of the three T20s against South Africa on December 10, 12, and 14, Star Sports shared the clip. Moreover, Star Sports captioned it as “The tougher the challenge, the more fun it gets, #TeamIndia & @hardikpandya7 are ready for a trial by fire on South African soil!.” The promo clip featuring Hardik Pandya ahead of the IND vs SA three-match T20 series is strongly hinting towards his comeback.

India lost in a 3-2 series in the Caribbean in August. After the loss, Hardik Pandya received criticism. After the setback, he sees the T20 series as vital to reclaiming his best form in any area of the game.


India will play against Australia at home in a five-match series from November 23. In the series against Australia, selectors might be resting all senior players involved in the World Cup 2023. Instead, the selectors might go for the Asian Games gold medal squad for the series.

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