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The IPL 2020, India’s annual cricket bonanza, is currently the nation’s biggest obsession and is being held in Abu Dhabi. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how players are unwinding off pitch.

The Middle East is a major luxury destination, and it’s no surprise why the IPL is being held there. While the battle is on in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, we’ve got a sneak peek of how players are spending their time off pitch. Sipping on champagne and chillin’ at beach cabanas, the champs are spending time just the way they should in the Middle East, in absolute plush fashion.

Here’s how IPL 2020 players are spending their time off pitch

Jofra Archer, Rajasthan Royals

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Taking a pre-game dip down at Abu Dhabi’s beach is good ol’ Jefro from RR’s crew. We understand that the IPL 2020 can be quite a few stressful months, and it’s essential to cool off. Jefro posted this image on his Instagram wearing a heavy-duty gold chain to compliment his toned beach bod. We can also see Abu Dhabi’s exquisite skyline behind him.

Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians

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Safe to say that Hardik Pandya is the most fashionable player in India’s cricket team today. We know he loves his watches and is never shy of making a statement. In transit, he was spotted wearing a Rolex Day-Date 40mm in yellow gold set with diamonds and rubies. This timepiece features a pavè brilliant-cut diamond dial adorned with baguette-cut rubies.

KL Rahul, Kings XI Punjab

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This looks like the face you’d make after a good match — kicking back with a vintage tee, a slick Apple Watch, and a Red Bull. Keeping it casual cool with his look, KL Rahul posted this picture of him in his hotel room. The cap and the striking printed tee make for a cool evening look.

Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals

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The Gabbar of Indian cricket always ups the ante no matter the facet of life. Standing against the mighty skyline of Royal Atlantis, The Palm hotel in Dubai, Dhawan’s feet are sandy after coming fresh off the beach. He also wears an abstract printed tee and beige beach shorts.

Krunal Pandya, Mumbai Indians

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We’ll admit the internet has a bunch of memes on Krunal, but the man flexes big. He posted a picture with his wife Pankhuri Sharma down at a cool beach bar. Upon close inspection, you’ll also see a ‘KP’ diamond necklace and a heavy-duty Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with a triple sub-dial chronograph set up. We totally love the vibe here, a relaxed fit contrasted by extravagant accessories.

Mohammed Siraj, Royal Challengers Bangalore

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He might be a lesser-known name in Indian cricket today, but he’s definitely a name to remember. As an upcoming star and offensive bowler for RCB, he’s had a true ‘started-at-the-bottom-how-we’re-here’ story. He posted a picture on his ‘gram wearing a CK tee, a lightweight silver chain, and sipping on a cool drink by the beach. We’re guessing this is how he likes spending his off days.

Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore

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Staying fashionably fit is RCB’s hunter and the captain of the Indian cricket team. On the team’s official page, he was spotted mid-training with A-Plus gear. What catches our eye are his neon PUMA runners and his pair of Oakley lens. Name another cricketer who could look his good after a brisk training? We’ll wait.

Chris Gayle, Kings XI Punjab

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Living big, flying big, and eating big is Chris Gayle. A true force to be reckoned with a bat in hand and the life of the party when its a drink . He posted a picture of himself grabbing an in-flight bite during transit. With a juicy hamburger and a champagne glass in hand, he flies Emirates First Class in supreme style.

All images: Courtesy respective IG profiles

Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.