IPL 2021: Hardik Pandya’s fitness becoming major headache for Mumbai Indians & Indian selectors, allrounder unlikely to play match vs RCB

IPL 2021: Will Hardik Pandya play MI vs RCB? MI bowling coach Shane Bond gives update
IPL 2021: Will Hardik Pandya play MI vs RCB? MI bowling coach Shane Bond gives update

IPL 2021- Hardik Pandya: What came as a major setback to Mumbai Indians in their IPL 2021 Phase 2, Hardik Pandya has now missed back to back matches & is likely to miss more. He didn’t feature in the first match against CSK or in the second one against KKR on Thursday. His absence is costing Mumbai Indians big as now they languish at 6th spot in the Points-Table. According to team’s bowling coach Shane Bond, Hardik is still recovering from a injury he picked during the practice making him even doubtful for the next very crucial league against RCB: Follow IPL 2021 LIVE Updates on InsideSport.co

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IPL 2021: Hardik Pandya’s fitness becoming major headache, Mumbai Indians allrounder also doubtful for RCB match

IPL 2021- Hardik Pandya: Not only for Mumbai Indians but Hardik’s fitness is also being closely watched by the national selectors. India is scheudled to play T20 World Cup right after the IPL and Hardik was the choice of selectors for the Indian Squad.

Now even the Indian selectors and the team management is fretting out with the situation with Hardik.

Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond declared that Hardik is recovering but they want to rush him soon.

“There is no point rushing him back to get injured and miss the rest of the tournament. Hopefully, we will get him back shorty and we’ll have him back,” declared Bond.

MI bowling coach further added, “Well, he is training well, he is getting closer to playing. We’re obviously balancing the needs of our team with the needs of India as well. So, one thing this franchise does very well is to look after its players. Not only try to win this competition but also keep track of the T20 World Cup that is coming up next month. So, hopefully, Hardik will be picked for the next match,” Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond said at the post-match conference.

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IPL 2021: Hardik Pandya’s form & fitnes to determine MI’s title defence in UAE- Hardik Pandya is one of the vital cogs 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 a repeat of his flop show can cost Mumbai Indians their IPL title.

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.

  • Hardik Pandya managed just 52 runs in 7 matches with the highest score of 16 runs in IPL Phase-1 at an average of 8 & a strike rate of just 118.
  • His fitness concerns did not let him bowl even once in 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 a record 5th time.

IPL 2021: Is Hardik Pandya really fit? He recently 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.

Hardik is such a huge talent and a big match player that despite all the concerns Indian selectors have decided to show faith in him by picking him for the T20 World Cup Squad. However, any slip up will cost Mumbai Indians their IPL title & Hardik Pandya his place in the Indian team for T20 World Cup.

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