Back from a prolonged layoff resulting from damage, Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya says he’s now in good condition bodily and mentally, and prepared for the Indian Premier League beginning September 19.
Hardik says the again damage he suffered final yr motivated him to work more durable.
“The way I’m hitting the ball right now, the shape I’m in, the mental space I’m in, it is just a matter of time that I go and spend some time on the ground and I think things will come out pretty well,” Pandya advised Mumbai Indians. “No matter how far I go from the game, no matter how long I stay out, when I come back, it has to be worth it. I have prepared very well and I think, great things are coming ahead.”
Hardik underwent a again surgical procedure in London in November final yr. He returned to cricket in March, 2020, collaborating within the DY Patil T20 event. “It gave me immense confidence to implement the hard work which I have done over a period of time, and it just felt good,” Hardik mentioned, reflecting on that event.
Hardik was even chosen for India’s One-Day International collection in opposition to South Africa, however the COVID-19 pandemic, which pressured the collection to be deserted after one sport, delayed his return. He is now trying ahead to the IPL. “IPL is something that I have enjoyed a lot and I would like to make a comeback very strong and I’m just looking forward to it,” Hardik mentioned.
‘Have to put in the hard yards’
“In my life I have realised one thing that injuries would be with me. No one wants to get injured, but I accept the fact that what I do, injuries would be a part of it. Injuries have always kept me going, always kept me motivated. Actually taught me how much I have to put in the hard yards and the hard work has always increased, never decreased,” he mentioned.
Hardik additionally threw gentle on how he maintained his health throughout the lockdown.
“Luckily, me and [my brother] Krunal [Pandya] had the privilege to have a gym in our house. So because of that portion, we were able to work on our fitness. And I always feel that if you go one step ahead in your fitness, there are much more magical moments in your life [that] are waiting,” he mentioned.