IPL 2021 CSK vs MI: Big test for Hardik Pandya, another FLOP-SHOW can cost Mumbai Indians IPL title

IPL 2021 CSK vs MI: Hardik Pandya's biggest test coming up, FLOP-SHOW can cost MI IPL title; Mumbai Indians middle-order in focus
IPL 2021 CSK vs MI: Hardik Pandya's biggest test coming up, FLOP-SHOW can cost MI IPL title; Mumbai Indians middle-order in focus

IPL 2021- Hardik Pandya X Factor or Flop Factor? Mumbai Indians allrounder Hardik Pandya is one of the most important cog in the wheel of Rohit Sharma’s team. His form in IPL in UAE will determine whether Mumbai Indians can defend their title or will they lose out? Pandya’s flop show in Phase 1 was the big reason that Mi currently is lying at No. 4. He did not score runs, he did not bowl and repeat of his flop show can cost Mumbai Indians their IPL title.

“With the bat, he is an impact player. His form has been fluctuating over the last year, but he is a player who can change things quickly. So, Mumbai Indians would really want him to fire,” declared former Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra

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IPL 2021 CSK vs MI: Hardik Pandya’s biggest test coming up, his FLOP-SHOW can cost Mumbai Indians their IPL title

IPL 2021- Hardik Pandya X Factor or Flop Factor?  How crucial is Pandya’s batting in middle overs can be gauged from the fact that as he flopped during the 1st 7 matches, MI struggled big time.

  • Pandya managed just 52 runs in 7 matches with a highest score of 16 runs in IPL Phase-1 at a average of 8 & strike rate of just 118.
  • His fitness concerns did not let him bowl even once in the Phase 1 of the league.
  • In comparison in IPL 2020 – Pandya contributed 281 runs in 14 matches scored at a strike rate of 179 – this led to Mumbai Indians winning the IPL title for record 5th time. 

Mumbai Indians is currently in 4th place in the IPL 2021 Points Table.

The champion franchise would expect that Pandya along with Kieron Pollard fires and provides that finishing touches to MI batting & little variety to their bowling.

“Everyone has their eyes on him [Hardik Pandya]. I am not saying that he must always bowl all four overs, but if he can complement Kieron Pollard and bowl a couple of overs, that will be a huge plus for the team,” Nehra told Cricbuzz.

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IPL 2021 CSK vs MI – Has Hardik Pandya recovered completely? Will he bowl for Mumbai Indians?

IPL 2021 CSK vs MIHardik Pandya X Factor or Flop Factor? On the face of it, Hardik Pandya has recovered from his injured lower back – but he is yet to prove his fitness on the field.

In his 1st bowling attempt since his injury, Pandya recently failed to perform during the recently-concluded India tour of Sri Lanka. He bowled, but managed just 3 wickets and looked unimpressive.

With bat also he just scored 29 runs in 3 ODIs and 1 t20I.

Will Indian Selectors be watching: Hardik is such a huge talent and a big match player that despite of all the concerns Indian selectors have decided to show faith in him by picking him for the T20 World Cup Squad.

But his real test starts now. Both Mumbai Indians and Indian team management will wait with baited breath on how Hardik bowls and bats in IPL – any slip up will cost Mumbai Indian their IPL title & Hardik Pandya his place in Indian team for T20 World Cup.

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MI new schedule

Date Match Venue Time
19-09-2021 Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Dubai 7:30 PM
23-09-2021 Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Abu Dhabi 7:30 PM
26-09-2021 Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Dubai 7:30 PM
28-09-2021 Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings Abu Dhabi 7:30 PM
02-10-2021 Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals Sharjah 3:30 PM
05-10-2021 Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Sharjah 7:30 PM
08-10-2021 Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Abu Dhabi 7:30 PM

 

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