BCCI & NCA’s BIG challenge to Hardik Pandya


IPL 2022: Hardik Pandya fitness test – Hardik Pandya will finally appear for a fitness test at the NCA in order to play IPL 2022. After ignoring the selectors and NCA’s advice for months, Pandya has finally decided to visit the NCA. But this time, it won’t be easy. The NCA has thrown up a challenge for him — bowl at least 10 overs to prove your fitness and play in IPL. Follow IPL 2022 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

“The NCA physios and VVS Laxman will decide the fitness test program. But as the selectors have made it clear, he will have to bowl a minimum of 10 overs and pass the mandatory Yo-yo test as per set parameters. It’s not specially designed for him. But all cricketers do need to pass the fitness tests. For the centrally contracted players, it is mandatory before IPL,” a senior BCCI official told InsideSport.

IPL 2022: BCCI & NCA’s challenge to Hardik Pandya, bowl 10 overs to prove your fitness – Follow Live Updates

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IPL 2022: BCCI & NCA’s challenge to Hardik Pandya, bowl 10 overs to prove your fitness - Follow Live Updates

IPL 2022: What Hardik Pandya needs to do to clear fitness test? 

  • Hardik will have to pass a mandatory Yo-Yo test with a score of above 16.5
  • He will have to bowl a minimum of 10 overs
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IPL 2022: BCCI & NCA’s challenge to Hardik Pandya, bowl 10 overs to prove your fitness – Follow Live Updates

Hardik Pandya Fitness Test: The national team and the NCA medical staff always keeps a close tab on its centrally-contracted players. For Team India players, the minimum Yo-yo score is 16.5. However, as Hardik Pandya has always averaged a score of 18 and above in the Yo-yo test, it should not be a problem.

The report by PTI claims that Hardik will have to undergo these tests under the watchful eyes of NCA director VVS Laxman & NCA Physios. Team India physio Nitin Patel will also be present during the tests.

“He would need to pass the fitness test as it has been mandatory for some time now. Last year, even Shreyas Iyer appeared for a fitness test post shoulder surgery before playing IPL,” BCCI Source told PTI.

Gujarat Titans Camp – Hardik Pandya Bowled in Camp: Gujarat Titans had a 5 day training camp in Baroda. The report claims that during the Titans camp Hardik had bowled during a couple of sessions.

IPL 2022: BCCI & NCA’s challenge to Hardik Pandya, bowl 10 overs to prove your fitness – Follow Live Updates

It is understood that when it comes to batting and fielding fitness, he is fully ready.

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Playing purely as a batter currently is not at all an issue for the flamboyant Baroda all-rounder.

However, it is understood that he is only bowling at 75 percent of his full potential.

IPL 2022: BCCI & NCA’s challenge to Hardik Pandya, bowl 10 overs to prove your fitness – Follow Live Updates

“If Gujarat is looking at a pure batter, a skipper and a finisher, Hardik, in all likelihood, is ready. It will be interesting to see what is NCA’s Sports Science and Medicine team’s take on his bowling. Is he ready to bowl at 135 clicks upwards?,” the source privy to developments said.

Meanwhile Hardik during Gujarat Titans’ jersey launch, kept cards close to his chest stating that his bowling would be a “surprise”.

The most interesting aspect to watch during the tests would be whether the 28-year-old gets clearance to bowl full tilt in the cash-rich league.

His team Gujarat Titans is scheduled to start their campaign against Lucknow Super Giants on March 28.

IPL 2022: BCCI & NCA’s challenge to Hardik Pandya, bowl 10 overs to prove your fitness – Follow Live Updates

Recently during a media conference, chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma had said that his committee will monitor Hardik and he will be considered only when he is bowling regularly like old times.

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If and when it happens is still not known but IPL 2022 might see evolution of Hardik Pandya, the pure batter.

IPL 2022: BCCI & NCA’s challenge to Hardik Pandya, bowl 10 overs to prove your fitness – Follow Live Updates

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