Rohit Sharma unveiled new look by keeping heavy black beard ahead of IPL 2020 in his latest post on Instagram while attending a gym session where the limelight was on his black heavy beard. Rohit Sharma will lead Mumbai Indians in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League to be held abroad in the Emirates.
Rohit Sharma was confined to his home premises due to the ongoing lockdowns and restrictions imposed since March-end, but the Indian opener resumed usual training a few weeks earlier but was away from cricket since February having played his last T20I match against hosts New Zealand, but missed both the subsequent test and one-day series with a calf injury. He was also rested for ODI series against South Africa. The first ODI against South Africa was washed out while the other two cancelled due to covid-19 pandemic which has claimed thousands of lives across the globe.
Rohit Sharma Will Lead Mumbai Indians As They Look To Defend Title
Rohit Sharma will lead defending champions Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 and will soon join teammates as he has already arrived in Mumbai. On Thursday, Rohit Sharma hogged the limelight with a heavy black beard which meant that he has not been to the barber for a long time.
The four-time IPL champions have already started quarantining cricketers as Rohit who being a Mumbai citizen is expected to join the camp a couple of days prior flying to UAE. However, there is no news for departure yet as BCCI had only asked franchises to leave after 20th of August meaning MI can leave only in the last day of the third week or in the fourth week.
There will not be any training camp in India unlike their rival franchise Chennai Super Kings who will conduct a camp on August 15 onwards for Indian and local players.
Hardik Pandya Returns To Competitive Action After A 1 Year Gap
The season will mark the return of Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya to competitive cricket after a long time.
Hardik Pandya has been missing a lot of fixtures and has been away from competitive international cricket since September 2019 although he was selected in India A squad in January. He missed the New Zealand tour and although selected, he did not of course had an opportunity to play against South Africa with the first match being washed out and the remaining two cancelled and postponed at a later period as suitable. Hardik Pandya, however, played the DY Patil T20 tournament and performed well with the bat but an unlucky turn of events meant that he will only get to play after almost a year.