India Tour of Sri Lanka: Hardik Pandya hits gym ahead of first ODI against Sri Lanka, shares video – Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who is in Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series, is leaving no stone unturned ahead of the first ODI. Hardik shared a video of his gym session on Instagram where he can be seen doing rigorous training. India is scheduled to play three ODIs and three T20Is under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan as Virat Kohli’s Team India is in England for the Test series.
Hardik posted the video on Friday with the caption, “The best project you will ever work on is you 💪.”
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India Tour of Sri Lanka: Hardik is dealing with a back injury since 2019 and he has not fully recovered and has hardly bowled in IPL as well as in international cricket.
Hardik has had fitness issues in recent times, as he has been managing his workload to take care of his back. He underwent back surgery in 2019, after which he has hardly bowled in competitive cricket.
However, Hardik is expected to bowl in the Sri Lanka series as his teammate in the Indian team Suryakumar Yadav told in a press conference that Hardik is fit to bowl. “He has been bowling at the nets and he also bowled in the intra-squad match [on Monday]. But it is his and team management’s call how they want to go about it. But yes, he is bowling and it is a very good sign,” Yadav told media during a virtual interaction,” Suryakumar Yadav said recently.
While Hardik Pandya understands his importance to the team, he is being patient with his recovery and has eyes only on the upcoming T20 World Cup. Speaking to TOI Sportscast recently, the Mumbai Indians star said, “My bowling is related to my fitness. The fitter I get, the better it comes out. As a fast-bowling allrounder, I tend to get injuries. It is bound to happen and I am okay with it. I want to make sure that I will be able to bowl in all the games at the World Cup. I am just trying to be smart and make sure that I don’t miss that. On the bowling front, what matters is how fit I am.”
|IND vs SL ODI full schedule|
|1st ODI||13-Jul||2:30 PM||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|
|2nd ODI||16-Jul||2:30 PM||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|
|3rd ODI||18-Jul||2:30 PM||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|
|IND vs SL T20 series|
|1st T20||21-Jul||7:00 PM||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|
|2nd T20||23-Jul||7:00 PM||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|
|3rd T20||25-Jul||7:00 PM||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|