Hardik Pandya is ideally an all-rounder, who is known for his explosive batting and fast bowling. However, he is playing as a specialist batsman in the 2020 Indian Premier League, as he is not medically cleared yet to bowl, following a back surgery he underwent recently.
When it comes to Hardik Pandya, people reckon him as one of the fiercest all-rounders in Indian cricket. He has the ability to play big shots, besides being a healthy pace bowler.
However, he is playing an entirely different role in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Representing defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI), Pandya is playing as a specialist batsman, while he has barred himself from bowling in this edition.
It is all because of Pandya's recent injury problems. He had been out of action for almost a year after suffering some severe back issues, owing to which he underwent back surgery last year.
He has made his return to professional cricket this year, with the IPL. However, he has been medically advised not to stress upon or push himself to bowl so soon, as it could re-injure his back in the process.
While he is gradually looking to get back to bowling, he is leaving no stones unturned to honour his batting abilities. Meanwhile, he has been training hard to keep himself physically fit for the tournament.
MI would be taking on Delhi Capitals (DC) in the final of the tournament on Tuesday. Ahead of the high-octane clash, he shared a video on his Twitter handle, showing his intense workout at the gym, as well as training sessions at the nets.
Here is the video of the same:
Pandya has had a fruitful season with the bat, currently being their fourth-highest run-scorer. So far, he has scored 278 runs in 12 innings at a healthy average of 39.71 and an impressive strike-rate of 182.89.
Pandya has been associated with MI since 2015 and has won three titles with them. Following the IPL, he would be travelling with Team India to Australia, where he would be a part of the ODI and T20I series.
Last Updated 10, Nov 2020, 6:19 PM