Hardik Pandya undergoes back surgery in London, shares heartfelt post on Instagram

Pandya is expected to be out of action for five months.

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Hardik Pandya played the T20I series against South Africa before being ruled out of the Test series because of the injury.
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya underwent a successful surgery in London for an acute lower-back injury. The 25-year-old, on Saturday, took to Instagram to thank his fans for their wishes. He also confirmed that he will be back in action soon.

Pandya is expected to be out of action for five months.

The Baroda all-rounder is the second key member in the Indian after premier speedster Jasprit Bumrah, who has been ruled out of the ongoing Test series against South Africa due to stress fracture in his lower back.


Hardik played the T20I series against South Africa before being ruled out of the Test series because of the injury. He will miss the T20Is against Bangladesh as well.

Hardik first sustained the injury during the Asia Cup in UAE last September. He recovered in time to play in the IPL and the World Cup before the injury resurfaced.

Steve Smith, Mohammad Aamir, Ben Stokes: Cricket Stars Who Fared Well In Their First Test After Exile
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How leading international cricketers fared in their first Test match upon return from exile.

(In pic from left: Steve Smith, Mohammad Aamir, Ben Stokes)

How leading international cricketers fared in their first Test match upon return from exile.(In pic from left: Steve Smith, Mohammad Aamir, Ben Stokes)

Suspension sentence: One year
Charged with: Ball tampering
Performance in first Test upon return: 144 and 142, three catches.

In March 2018, Australian Test captain Steve Smith admitted to tampering the ball while on tour in South Africa. Smith received a one-year ban from cricket, and made his return to international cricket in this summer’s World Cup. But the first Test he played upon return was the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston last week. It couldn’t have gone better for Smith.

Stripped off captaincy roles, he relished the responsibility. He hit a century in both innings, scoring 144 and 142, and almost single handedly earned his side a 1-0 lead. The best compliments came in the form of comparisons with the peerless Don Bradman, who had similarly taken on England in the 1948 Ashes.

Suspension sentence: One yearCharged with: Ball tampering Performance in first Test upon return: 144 and 142, three catches.In March 2018, Australian Test captain Steve Smith admitted to tampering th..
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Self-imposed exile: Three years
Performance in first Test upon return: 107 and 80 not-out

Geoffrey Boycott, in what was the prime of his career in 1974, made himself unavailable for selection. He said he lost his appetite for the game, but his autobiography hinted that it may have been linked to the appointment of Mike Denness as captain.

But the time spent away from the pitch didn’t seem to have made impact on his game. In his first match upon return, aged 37, he batted on every one of the five days of cricket, scoring 107 and an unbeaten 80, as he saw England home by seven wickets. He would go on to play 45 more Tests, continuing to play until the ripe old age of 42.

Self-imposed exile: Three yearsPerformance in first Test upon return: 107 and 80 not-outGeoffrey Boycott, in what was the prime of his career in 1974, made himself unavailable for selection. He said ..
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