Hardik Pandya’s name is counted amongst the most talented Indian cricketers. But it wasn’t all a piece of cake for him. There was a time when Pandya had to survive eating Maggi as his morning and evening meal because of financial issues and lack of time after practice.
As a result, he had a rather thin body. But as he made his debut in the Indian Cricket Team, he had the resources so he started taking his fitness seriously. He then successfully managed to build a well sculpted and toned physique along with establishing his name in cricket.
Most of Pandya’s inspiration came from his captain and friend, Virat Kohli. In a recent interview, he shared, “Virat is far, far ahead of us in fitness and awareness. He sets the tone for younger players. I see him and observe a lot of his patterns. He never misses his training schedule, his gym sessions. He has shown us the value of eating on time, training on time and, most importantly, sleeping on time.”
Pandya often shares his workout through popular social media sites like Instagram. He is seen completely dripped with sweat, that’s how hard he works.
Check out for yourself –
His core workout exercises are preceded by a round of warm-up that includes running and sprints.
His core workout includes:
- Heavyweight lifting
- Bench Press
- Pull Ups
- Push Ups
- Weighted Squats
He is now able to bowl at a speed above 140 kmph whereas earlier, he was only able to go till mid 130s.
Following a diet is something that Hardik didn’t know much about. From starting, he had the habit of eating simple homemade food. But when you are bulking up, there are certain requirements for your body. He noticed his fellow teammates and it helped to change his diet. The captain of the team, Virat Kohli often told him that he could eat a lot of things since he has to play in all three formats. His body requirements are different in terms of the game. He had a little helping hand and then he worked his way out. All this helped Hardik in transforming his body in a more appropriate and better way.
He increased his protein intake but continued to have healthy meals. Also, the Indian team is served lavish meals when they are out playing and it helped Pandya know what kind of food he is supposed to eat.
Here’s what a day’s meal looks like in the life of any Indian Cricketer.
Fresh fruits and nuts –
- Coconut Water, Tea/Coffee/Green tea, Fresh Juices
- Pineapple, Banana, Orange, Avocado crushed crackers
- Corn Flake, Wheat Flakes, Choco Pops with Skimmed Milk
- Raisin, Almonds, Jam, Honey for toppings
- Sliced Brown Bread, Multi-Grain Bread, White Bread
- Low Fat Cheese
- Shredded Chicken
- Boiled Eggs
- Sliced Tomatoes, Cucumber, Onion, Lettuce
Yes, those are just the breakfast options!
- Soup – Vegetable, Sweet Corn, Tomato
- Bread Rolls, Naan, Roti
- Sliced Vegetable Salads with Lemon Wedges and Green Chillies, Beetroot Salad
- Steamed Rice, Curd Rice
- Chicken Kabab, Chicken Manchurian
- Various kinds of Dal (pulses)
- Homemade seasonal vegetable like Bhindi
- Steamed Vegetables
- Low-fat Curd
- Papad, pickle
- Fruit salad, Yoghurt, Coconut Water
- Tandoori Chicken Sandwich
- Mutton Wraps
- Fruitcake, Cookies, Biscuits
- Tea, Coffee, Green Tea
- Soup – Vegetable, Manchow, Tomato
- Vegetable salad, Fruit Salad
- Low-fat curd and Yogurt
- Steamed Rice
- Chicken Makhani
- Yellow Dal
- Different Paneer dishes
- Roti and Naan
- Fruit Platter