Hardik Pandya has been away from cricketing action since sustaining an ankle injury during the 2023 World Cup group match against Bangladesh.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Hardik Pandya return to Team India

While attempting to stop the ball off his own bowling in a group match against Bangladesh, he suffered an ankle injury that led to his withdrawal from the tournament.  

Suryakumar Yadav assumed the captaincy duties in Hardik's absence. The saga continues into the T20I series against South Africa, where Suryakumar Yadav remains at the helm as captain. 

in a significant update, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has shed light on Hardik's potential return to action, providing a key insight into the all-rounder's recovery timeline.  

Talking to PTI after the 2024 Women's Premier League auction, Shah stated that Hardik could make a return in T20Is against Afghanistan, scheduled to take place in January.