Hardik Pandya’s sweet gesture made his father’s day on Friday as he returned home after a long and grueling tour of England.Pandya Jr. returned home after three long months and surprised his father in his bedroom and greeted him with a warm hug. Hardik’s father was seen sleeping but the moment he saw Pandya’s face, his face lit up and the two embraced each other.Pandya posted the video on Instagram and captioned it: “When you surprise daddy #seeinghimafter3months”The video won hearts and people loved the moment shared by the duo and gave their well wishes to the family.Pandya, who was with the Indian team in England and missed only one match, will again fly off to Dubai to meet up with the Rohit Sharma-led India side for the Asia Cup, which starts on Saturday.Also read – Hardik Pandya records maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricketHowever, he will have some time to settle in as India open their campaign against Hong Kong on Tuesday.Pandya’s role in the side will be a important one and the tournament could well hold huge importance for him after a drab tour of England. Barring the last Test match of the five-match series, Pandya played all the matches in England but failed to perform on a consistent basis.He scored 302 runs from 11 games across all the formats and picked up 17 wickets. This also includes a tour game against Essex, where he struck 51.advertisementHe did impress with a 52 not out and a sensational spell in Nottingham, where he picked up 5/28 but barring that, Pandya has failed to help India like a proper all-rounder is expected to.Also read – I don’t want to be Kapil Dev, says Hardik PandyaHe was criticised by former greats including Michael Holding for not being able to affect the game as much an all-rounder should after the Lord’s Test as well.”I don’t think he does a lot with the ball. That is number one. He is not consistent. He does not have the control that puts batsmen under pressure constantly. He will bowl a couple of good deliveries, yes, but you need to have the control to put batsmen under pressure consistently. And he doesn’t have that.If you are going to be a frontline bowler anywhere in the world, if you are going to be someone that your captain can rely on, that can throw you the ball and expect you to get wickets and expect you to have control, he is not really the man in my opinion,” Holding told espncricinfo.Also read – Don’t worry about me: Hardik Pandya hits back at critics after 5 for 28But, Pandya came out and defended himself after his maiden five-wicket haul in Nottingham and said that others don’t need to worry about him as he can take care of himself.”Let’s not worry about me, I know what I’m doing, and I don’t care what people say about me. The team backs me and that’s important,” said Pandya to Nasser Hussain.But, he failed to replicate his show in the fourth Test and was dropped for the last one at The Oval as India opted for Hanuma Vihari.Vihari did impress with a fifty on debut and a three-wicket haul but that didn’t help India win the match as the visitors lost the game by 118 runs and the series 1-4.Also read – Focus on cricket: Hardik Pandya trolled after posting travel day photoFollowing that, Pandya posted a photo of himself on Instagram, where he said that he was ‘gutted’ with the result but it was a well fought series.”Back to India. Gutted with the result but it was a well fought series and good to be back home for couple of days before we fly again for Asia cup in few days time,” Pandya captioned the photo.But, that didn’t go down well with the fans as they trolled him for being so ‘cool’ and posing like a ‘rapper’ after a series defeat.Therefore, no matter what he says and feels, the Asia Cup could be a very important series for the Baroda all-rounder ahead of the World Cup next year in England and Wales.advertisement
Manchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Stoke City Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Raheem Sterling Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Manchester City v Stoke City Stoke City Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon Manchester City will look to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table as they host Stoke City.Victory over Chelsea ahead of the international break solidifed their place as title favourites, and the two-week hiatus from domestic action has allowed some of their star names to further recover from injury.City 6/1 to beat Stoke 3-0 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Stoke, meanwhile, have endured an inconsistent campaign thus far and sit in midtable ahead of SaturdayMAN CITY INJURIES Sergio Aguero has returned to training after suffering a broken rib in a car accident ahead of the Chelsea match and may come into contention.Benjamin Mendy will definitely miss out after undergoing knee ligament surgery, but Fabian Delph may have shaken off the knock that saw him withdraw from the latest England squad.Vincent Kompany could also return to the matchday squad having been out for over a month with a calf injury, though he did not feature for Belgium in either of their recent World Cup qualifiers.Ilkay Gundogan could also come into contention for a start having come off the bench in the closing stages of the win over Chelsea.MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither side has any suspensions to worry about heading into the match.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP With a crucial Champions League match against Napoli coming up on Tuesday, Guardiola could make a number of changes for the visit of the Potters.Aguero may not be risked from the start given his injury, meaning Gabriel Jesus will lead the line on his own having scored twice for Brazil in midweek.His international team-mate Fernandinho could be rested with Gundogan having returned to fitness while Bernardo Silva could earn a rare league start should Guardiola choose to rest one of his attacking midfielders.Fabian Delph will likely deputise for Benjamin Mendy at left-back, though Danilo could then replace him in Europe in midweek.STOKE CITY TEAM NEWS Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross continues to miss out with a back injury that has kept him on the sidelines since the end of August.Fellow defenders Bruno Martins Indi and Geoff Cameron are also fitness doubts, with the latter not set to return to the club from international duty with the USA until Friday.Joe Allen, meanwhile, had to be replaced in the first half of Wales’s defeat to Republic of Ireland with concussion and may be forced to sit out on Saturday.OPTA MATCH FACTS Manchester City have kept a shutout in eight of their nine Premier League home matches against Stoke (W7 D1 L1) – only against Aston Villa (9) have they kept more clean sheets on home soil. Stoke City have either kept a clean sheet (3) or conceded exactly four goals (3) in each of their last six Premier League games against Manchester City (W2 D1 L3). Manchester City have won their last two home games in the Premier League each by a 5-0 scoreline – the only other Premier League side to record three consecutive home wins each by a five or more goal margin were Chelsea in 2010 under Carlo Ancelotti. Stoke have lost 15 of their last 16 away top-flight matches (D1) against teams who’ve started that day in top spot – their last away win against a side top of the league came in April 1972 against Manchester City under Tony Waddington. Only one goalkeeper has conceded fewer goals in his first seven Premier League starts than Ederson (2) – Petr Cech, who conceded once. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is not being televised in the UK, with extended highlights to be shown on Match of the Day, which airs on BBC One at 22:20 BST on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.