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Pandya returns to competitive cricket

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Indian fast-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya is all set to make a comeback from the injury as he is been included in the Ranji Trophy squad of Baroda.
India are currently playing a long Australian summer that has three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs. The shortest version of the International game ended up in 1-1 and now both teams are busy in the longest format of the game.
While India are having a challenging ongoing series against Australia in Australia, Virat and co are short of their regular seam-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya who is recovering from a back injury that sustained during the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Because of that injury, Hardik Pandya was supposed to miss the home series against WIndies as well as the T20I series against Australia. Also, he isn't part of the ongoing Test series that remarks Border-Gavaskar trophy. But Hardik Pandya never failed to give updates on his injury as he posted some videos in his social media accounts. Now the all-rounder is set to make a comeback from his injury in the ongoing Ranji Trophy tournament in India.
The 25-year old will replace Babashafi, who is yet another all arounder for the side to square off against the hosts at the Wankhede Stadium. Nearly after three months, Hardik Pandya is likely to get his pads on in the competitive cricket.
The Group A Ranji Trophy game between Baroda and Mumbai on December 14. The news was confirmed by Snehal Parikh, who is the secretary-in-charge for the Baroda according to Indian Express.

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