Mumbai Indians get a huge boost just few days before the beginning of IPL 2019. Their star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has recovered from injury and joined the pre-season camp.
Pandya played the last three ODIs and T20Is against New Zealand. But due to a back injury, he was ruled out of the T20I and ODI series against Australia. This was the repercussion of the same injury which he suffered in last year’s Asia Cup.
After recovering from that injury, he joined the Test team in Australia. However he and KL Rahul was sent back to India following a controversy in talkshow Koffee With Karan. Later both the cricketers were suspended by the Committee of Administrators.
Later the suspension was lifted until the appointment of an ombudsman. Recently Justice DK Jain was appointed as the ombudsman who will finally take a call on the case.
Pandya will now be eyeing a good form in the IPL ahead of the upcoming World Cup. He will certainly play for the Men in Blue in the mega-tournament. The Baroda-born cricketer started his training at the pre-season camp of the IPL franchise.
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Hardik accompanied his elder brother Krunal to the training camp at the Reliance Corporate Park cricket ground in Ghansoli. An official revealed that Hardik did ‘strength endurance training’, but didn’t say the details.
Apart from Hardik, players like ayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam, Mitchell McClenaghan and Ishan Kishan also attended the training. The players will start training in the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from March 17.
Despite being the defending champions last year, Mumbai Indians performed poorly, They won just two games out of their first seven. They were already out of the race for playoffs at the halfway stage of the tournament.
From the next seven games, they won four and finished fifth in the league table. Mumbai Indians is one of the successful IPL franchises of all time. They have so far won three titles. In 2019, they will play their first match against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on March 24.