Hardik bowls at NCA, passes Yo-Yo test

17 March 2022, 12:22 pm

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 24: Hardik Pandya of India warms up ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Dubai International Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Michael Steele-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

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Injury-ravaged India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has got the all clear to lead Gujarat Titans in the upcoming IPL after a general assessment at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru where he bowled and also passed the ‘Yo-Yo’ Test comfortably.

The BCCI is checking on all its centrally contracted players injured or otherwise before the IPL and Pandya’s performance, during his two days at the NCA, can also be seen as a good sign for Indian cricket.

‘Let’s make it clear. Fitness test clearance is only for those who are coming back from injury. In case of Hardik, it was about getting a general fitness assessment going into the gruelling IPL season,’ a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

‘He is an asset and one needed to check his current fitness standards,’ he added.