Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Hardik Pandya was seen going through an intense workout in the gym, in images shared by the cricketer on his official Instagram handle. Hardik can be seen training with an intense and focused look on his face. Captioned some of the pictures on Instagram, he wrote: “At it”.
The 26-year-old’s post has received appreciation from fans, with Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan liking the post as well. Hardik’s love for fitness is further shared by brother Krunal, who earlier posted a workout video where he can be seen lifting some heavy weights and practicing freestyle exercises in his hotel room during the mandatory 6-day quarantine period.
Both the Pandya brothers will be representing defending champions MI in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). MI coach Mahela Jayawardene hailed the performances of the two players over the last three to four years, during a virtual media conference.
As per the quotes in PTI, Jayawardene was heard saying, “Hardik is coming back from an injury. So we will have to be mindful of that but he is looking very good in the nets. Both the players (Pandya brothers) have been fantastic for MI over the last three or four years. It brings a lot of energy to the group.”
IPL 2020 will be expected to be commencing on September 19, with the defending champions locking horns with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the tournament opener. The former will be missing out on the services of veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who has opted out of the upcoming edition due to personal reasons. Australian fast-bowler James Pattinson has been signed as his replacement.
Talking about Making, MI skipper, Rohit Sharma said, “I don’t think it is easy to come and fill his boots. I have said it many times, whenever we sort of finding ourselves in trouble, Malinga was the one to bail us out from that.”