Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya says he has worked hard on his fitness and is physically and mentally ready for IPL 2020. Pandya was sidelined from cricket in 2012 due to a back injury. Known for his batting and bowling skills, Pandya is known for his ability to turn a fast match in a short period of time. He can prove the trump card for the champion Mumbai Indians.
A video posted on the Mumbai Indians’ Twitter account said, “The way I’m hitting the ball now, or the state of mind I’m in, it’s just a matter of time and everything is going to happen very soon. It will be fine.” No matter how far away I am from the game or how long I have been away, my return will show me that I am fit for the game because I am very well prepared and I think things will improve in the future.
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It is noteworthy that in November last year, Panda underwent back surgery in London after which he was out of the game for a few months. He was scheduled to return from a limited-overs series against South Africa in March this year but the series was canceled due to a corona virus infection. “One thing in life is I have to live with injuries now,” he said. No one wants to be injured, but I admit that injuries will be a part of what I do. “What I’ve learned from trauma is how I can always maintain effort and motivation in life,” he said.
Significantly, after a long wait, the Indian Premier League (IPL) schedule was released in September and according to tradition, defending champions Mumbai Indians will face last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the first match on September 19 in Abu Dhabi. The world’s largest Twenty20 league is being held this year in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in three locations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 in India.
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After the opening match of the tournament, Delhi Capital and Kings XI Punjab will meet in Dubai the next day, and on September 21 there will be a match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The first match in Sharjah will be played on September 22 between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.