Mumbai Indians have hit the ground with training sessions after the completion of the seven-day quarantine period ahead of the IPL 2020.
Many players including Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan as well as the support staff of Mahela Jayawardena, Andrew McDonald and others were seen at the Abu Dhabi Cricket Academy. Mumbai Indians are based in Abu Dhabi along with KKR. Pictures & Videos posted by Mumbai on their Twitter handle showed Rohit Sharma walking out for a net session and the Pandya brothers, Hardik and Krunal, indulging in warm-ups and catching drills.
Though the net sessions lasted for just an hour but Rohit was happy to do some practice after coronavirus enforced break. “Feels good to be back. Even though it’s only for an hour, but we’ll take it,” said Rohit in a video posted by Mumbai.
Jasprit Bumrah was “getting used to the new normal” as he showed up at the facility wearing a mask and later loosened up with some bowling in the nets. The medical & training staff were also seen wearing the PPE kits as they were attending the players. The Mumbai camp had chairs placed sufficiently apart so as to ensure social distancing.
“Both teams (Mumbai and Kolkata) will be welcomed into a bio-secure facility,” Boucher told media on Friday. “It is cordoned appropriately, sanitised appropriately. We have the department of health on-site. We have ambulance services in case something is needed from the player perspective and the coaching staff perspective”, said Abu Dhabi Cricket CEO Mathew Boucher who is in-charge of the bio-secure facility at Abu Dhabi.