‘He can’t even survive a single format’: Salman Butt says Hardik Pandya has ‘weak body’, suggests road ahead

Written by Mohan Sharma

Injuries have proved to be a stumbling block for flamboyant all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who finds himself at crossroads at the moment. The out-of-favor Baroda cricketer has had his fair share of injuries over the past two years, keeping him away from bowling duties in Indian colours.

Hardik managed to bowl just four overs during  India’s lacklustre campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021. He also didn’t bowl a single delivery for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2021. At the end, the five-time IPL champions haven’t retained him.

Now, former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt feels Hardik needs to add some muscle after his “weak” body has made it difficult for him to endure even a single format of the sport. It all started with Hardik suffering a back injury for the first time during the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup. He was stretchered off the field and was out of action for almost three months.

“Hardik Pandya’s body is so weak that he can’t even survive in a single format. He needs to put on some muscle by weight training and proper diet. Ravi Shastri recently said Pandya should go back and work hard so that he is able to bowl 4 overs. That means he can’t even bowl 4 overs properly at the moment,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.

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