IPL 2020: I have accepted that injuries will be a part of my career, says Hardik Pandya
Pandya said that he is in great mental space and as a result, he is looking forward to giving consistent performances for his franchise.
New Delhi: India all-rounder Hardik Pandy said that he has accepted that injuries would be a part and parcel of his career and he needs to live with it. He had to miss months of cricket due to back injury. Pandya had to undergo surgery due to the injury and had to undergo rehabilitation period as well.
Pandya will return to play for Mumbai Indians when the Indian Premier League kicks off from September 19th. Speaking on the injuries he has suffered in his career so far, Pandya said that he gets motivated by them.
The IPL 2020 is slated to be played from September 19-November 10 in the UAE across three venues — Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
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“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 will be a part. Injuries have always kept me going, always kept me motivated, actually taught me how much I have to put hard yards and the hard work has always increased, never decreased,” Pandya said in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of Mumbai Indians.
“Luckily, me and Krunal had the privilege of having a gym at home, so because of that portion we were able to focus on our fitness, which I have always believed that if you become much fitter than what you are previously I think you can increase your skill level and adapt to lots of things which you have never seen before. I have always felt that if you go one step ahead in your fitness, there are many more magical moments in your life waiting,” he added.
The all-rounder also added that he is in great mental space and as a result, he is looking forward to giving consistent performances for his franchise.
“Luckily I got one tournament which was DY Patil which I played for Reliance, as a player it gave me immense confidence to implement the hard work I have done over a period of time. The way I am hitting the ball right now, the shape and mental space I am 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 said.
“IPL is something I have really enjoyed and I would like to make a comeback very strong, just looking forward to it,” he added.
Mumbai Indians will lock horns with Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener on September 19 in Abu Dhabi.
Mumbai Indians squad: Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan, Digvijay Deshmukh, Balwant Rai Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Trent Boult, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Anmolpreet Singh, Jayant Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan.