Mumbai Indians All-rounders and brothers Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya the MI squad at the team’s resort in Abu Dhabi. They will soon begin their training sessions in an attempt to get themselves fresh and ready for the second leg of IPL 2021, which starts on September 19 with a “Clash between the Titans” MI and Chennai Super Kings(CSK).
Upon their arrival in Abu Dhabi, the Pandya brother spoke briefly in a video shared by the Mumbai Indian’s official social media handles. The brothers commented on their team’s chances to create history and looked extremely excited to perform well in the upcoming IPL 2021.
An energetic Hardik Pandya said he was looking forward to having a successful IPL season and signed off by assuring that MI will win their third consecutive IPL trophy. He added that India will win the T20 World Cup as well, which will begin immediately after IPL at the same location.
The 27-year-old, who recently became a father, said: “Very nice, We are feeling great. We know that it will be the same routine which we had last time. We look forward to a great season and hope to win… Not hope. We will get the third (consecutive IPL title) and the World Cup.”
His elder brother Krunal was also confident about MI’s high chances of winning and said: “Yes, we have good memories from last time. We were the champions. So I guess that’s that. The second phase will now begin. And let’s make it three in a row.“
“He needs some muscle on his body” – Salman Butt on Hardik Pandya
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt believes that Hardik Pandya is too lean and that causes him injury whenever his bowling workload increases.
Speaking in a video on his YouTube channel on Hardik Pandya’s constant injury troubles, the 36-year-old said,”India had high hopes from Hardik Pandya, but he has been on a long layoff period. He looks very skillful when he bats. And when he was bowling before the injury, he looked very effective with a decent pace. But again, Hardik Pandya’s problem is that he is so slim, if there is extra load on his body, he will keep getting unfit.”
Salman Butt concluded by saying,
He(Hardik Pandya) needs some muscle on his body. Skill-wise, he has a lot of capacity to become better and better. The way he bats and bowls… he has a very good bowling action. But again, his body cannot take the excess workload. That is what needs to be managed.