Mahela Jayawardene on Hardik Pandya: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene today said that the team is in no hurry to get Hardik Pandya to bowl in IPL 2021 as he could be in trouble if done so, affecting his performance in the upcoming 2021 T20 World Cup. could. Let us tell you that after not playing in the first two matches of the second half of IPL 2021, Mumbai Indians have fed Hardik only as a batsman in the next matches.
However, due to Hardik Pandya not bowling in the IPL, questions have been raised about his selection in the T20 World Cup squad. In fact, after the announcement of Team India for the T20 World Cup, the Chief Selector had said that Hardik is fully fit to bowl in the tournament to be held in UAE and Oman from October 17. But Jayawardene does not think so and said that the Mumbai franchise is in constant touch with the think tank of the Indian team regarding Hardik.
“He (Hardik) hasn’t bowled for a long time,” Jayawardene told Jayawardene in a virtual press conference ahead of the match against Delhi Capitals. That’s why we are trying to do the best for Hardik. We are the Indian team in Hardik’s case. We are in constant touch with the management. Whether he will bowl in the IPL or not, we will decide on a day-to-day basis. I think at this point of time, if we put more emphasis on bowling to him, he might be in trouble. “
Hardik hasn’t bowled as much as he used to after his return from back surgery in 2019. However, he bowled regularly during the five-match T20I series against England in March. But he did not bowl in the first half of the IPL in India and has not been used in bowling in the UAE stage as well.
Mumbai’s second leg has been very poor, with the team winning only one match out of four. The defending champions are currently outside the top four and are in fifth place with 10 points from 11 matches. Jayawardene said, “Winning this match was very important. We are now as excited as we were when the tournament started. We did a lot of good things in the last match, but still need a lot of improvement. We are in the top four. You have to play your best cricket to make it to the spot.”