Mumbai Indians will not make Hardik Pandya bowl until ‘the niggle cools off and he’s comfy’
“Important that we make sure that he is completely in a position to come in and bowl”
Hardik Pandya, who has a shoulder niggle, might be able to bowl within the subsequent few weeks, in response to the Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene, however the staff “don’t want to risk it” within the ongoing IPL until he recovers fully and feels comfy sufficient.
“We were obviously looking forward for him to be bowling this series as last season he was coming back from injury,” Jayawardene mentioned in a press interplay. “But after the ODIs against England I believe he picked up a niggle. So that’s something we are nursing at the moment. We don’t want to risk it because it’s important that we make sure that he is completely in a position to come in and bowl.”
“Hopefully in the next few weeks, with work and all that, you might see him bowl. It’s not like we are deliberately trying not bowl him. We would love to have him bowling but as soon as the niggle cools off and he is comfortable we should be able to utilise that asset as well.”
Pandya, who has not bowled a lot within the final couple of years primarily due to lower-back points, performed as a specialist batter in the course of the 2020 IPL. He returned to bowling within the 5 T20Is towards England in March, earlier than which he had bowled simply 4 overs in the course of the second ODI towards Australia in November 2020 – the primary time he had bowled for the reason that 2019 50-over World Cup. He bowled solely in one of many three ODIs towards England that adopted the T20Is.
Earlier, the franchise’s bowling coach Zaheer Khan had mentioned that Pandya’s shoulder concern was “not worrisome”, including that he could be bowling “very soon”. “He bowled in the India-England series, in the last ODI he bowled about nine overs, and that’s why in consultation with the physios, we had to take that approach,” Khan had mentioned. “There was a little bit of a shoulder concern. I don’t think it’s worrisome, you will very soon see him bowl. For the timelines, you’ll have to ask the physio but in terms of Hardik the bowler coming in this tournament, we are very confident that he will be chipping in.”
Pandya has continued to play as a specialist batter for the staff this yr as nicely, with Kieron Pollard getting used because the sixth bowling choice. He had mentioned final yr in the course of the Australia tour that his long-term plan was to bowl primarily “in the important games” like “World Cups and “different essential collection”.
Sruthi Ravindranath is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo