The flamboyant Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, who was ruled out of the recently concluded limited-overs series between India and Australia due to lower back stiffness, resumed training at the pre-season camp of his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI). The seam bowling all-rounder took to Twitter to let his fans know about his progress.
On Wednesday, Pandya posted a video in which he can be seen playing former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni’s trademark ‘Helicopter shot’ in the net session for Mumbai Indians. The caption of the post read: “Guess my inspiration behind this shot?”
Guess my inspiration behind this shot? 🚁 😍 pic.twitter.com/9mwQ6uNg3g
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) March 14, 2019
A couple of months ago, the youngster was at the receiving end of a lot of criticism for making sexist comments on a TV chat show. He bragged about his encounters with multiple women on the show in January with teammate KL Rahul sitting next to him. Both the cricketers also received provisional suspensions for their actions.
The duo was ordered to return from India’s tour of Australia. But Hardik made a comeback from suspension to play in the New Zealand limited-overs series.
Pandya scored 731 runs from 45 ODIs at an average of nearly 30 and has 44 ODI wickets. However, before coming to the international debut, he got associated with MI since 2015 and has been one of the key players for the three-time IPL champions.
In spite of their diminishing performance last year, the franchise led by Rohit Sharma is one of the most successful teams in the tournament. Mumbai Indians won the IPL titles in 2013, 2015, 2017 winners have made recovering from bad starts a habit.
The popular IPL franchise will now be eyeing their fourth IPL title, will be one of the favorites to win in 2019 as their squad looks well balanced, with a good mix of experience and youth. MI will open their campaign against Delhi Capitals on March 24 at the Wankhede Stadium.