With Indian cricket coming to a sudden halt and sports overall taking a massive hit due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, two of the leading men from the modern era of Indian cricket, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya decided to have some fun with their followers on Instagram recently.
On Wednesday, the middle-order batsman shared a series of images from his social media handle, in the first of which he showed off a completely tattooed arm with an expensive watch wrapped around the wrist.View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@shreyas41)
This must have surprised a lot of Iyerâs fans as in all his previous images, the cricketer has had arms with no tattoos on them.
It is only upon swiping to see the next picture that the reality presents itself. The second image shows the cricketer taking the same picture from a different angle and you could see that it was none other than Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya who hid behind Iyer and it was his arm that was tattooed from one end to the other.
The third and final post of the series was a video in which the two athletes could be seen planning the whole thing and sharing a laugh as well.View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@shreyas41)
As two very important members of the Men in Blue, Iyer and Pandya have become really close friends and their chemistry is clearly visible both on and off the field.
With the Indian Premier League which was scheduled to begin from next week, the two big hitters were looking forward to a month and a half of action-packed cricket in the twenty-over format of the game but it looks like they will have to wait for at least a couple of more weeks before the Covid-19 scare is over and the Indian league returns in full swing.
Just in: The start date of IPL 2020 has been postponed from March 29 to April 15 pic.twitter.com/Pff52k58Yzâ ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 13, 2020
This time away from cricket has to be a lot more difficult for Hardik Pandya who has been out of action for over six months, and ever since he experienced severe pain in his lower back from September 2019.
After undergoing a survey in October, Pandya was expected to make his return to international cricket in Indiaâs three-match ODI series against South Africa but even that got cancelled due to the highly contagious virus.