Fit-again India all-rounder Hardik Pandya sent a robust message before the South Africa ODI series where he's eyeing a comeback by smashing a whirlwind 105 off just 39 balls playing for Reliance 1 against CAG during a Group C encounter of the 16th DY Patil T20 Cup at the Reliance Corporate Park here on Tuesday.
Hardik was at his brutal best as he hit eight fours and 10 huge sixes on the way his blitzkrieg as Reliance 1 posted 252/5 in 20 overs. After the innings, Hardik said he's proud of the way he's shaping up after being faraway from the sport for nearly six months.
"It's fantastic (platform) for somebody like me. I even have been away for nearly six months. this is often my second game after an extended time. on behalf of me it's an honest platform to ascertain where i'm currently and test my body. i'm really proud of the way things have gone," Hardik said on DY Patil Sports Academy Facebook page.
On his big-hitting prowess, the 26-year old added: "If it's there in my arc I just back myself and choose it. Most of the days , it comes out pretty much . there's no plan that i'm getting to leave there and smash it."
Pandya showed his all-round skills with a knock of 38 off 25 balls to assist his side post 150 for eight within the ir 20 overs in the first match also .
Pandya underwent a surgery after suffering a lower-back injury five months ago and has since been on a road to recovery. He couldn't be slot in time for the New Zealand tour but started bowling at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru after coming back from a check-up in UK.
The all-rounder last played a T20I against South Africa in Bengaluru in September last year. India combat the Proteas again in three one-dayers starting March 12 in Dharamsala. The second ODI are going to be held in Lucknow on March 15 followed by the ultimate one in Kolkata on March 18.