Abu Dhabi: India’s senior chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma had said that Hardik Pandya would be bowling in IPL but Indian vice-captain and MI skipper Rohit Sharma is expecting the all-rounder to start bowling from “next week” even though he won’t like to put a timeline on the subject.
Pandya played five games in the UAE leg of IPL without a lot of success save one game against Punjab Kings which he won with his batting and didn’t bowl a single over as anticipated when selection committee chairman had announced publicly about the status of Baroda’s man’s bowling fitness.
“In terms of his (Hardik) bowling, the physios, trainers are working on his bowling. He hasn’t bowled a single ball yet. We wanted to take one match at a time and see where he stands,” Rohit said after Mumbai Indians’ last IPL game.
“He is getting better day by day. In the next week or so, he might be able to bowl, who knows? Only the doctors and physios will be able to give an update on that,” the MI skipper added.
Pandya also disappointed with the bat, scoring just 127 runs at an average of 14.11 and a strike rate of 113.39.
“As far as his batting is concerned, yes, he will be a little disappointed but he is a quality player. He has come back from tough situations before as well,” Rohit was frank in his assessment.
“Personally for him, he will not be happy with his batting but the team has confidence on his ability. I personally have confidence on his ability.
“He is getting better and a player like him is probably just one game away from getting his natural way and we have seen it in the past. If I have to put everything together, I am confident of his ability and there is no doubt he will be a valuable asset,” the Indian vice-captain had words of praise for his key player.
Rohit isn’t overly worried about the form of the India players in the Mumbai Indians squad as T20 World Cup will be a “different ball game” where one can get back into rhythm even during the practice games.
“I personally don’t like to count too much into what has happened in the IPL and what is going to happen in T20 World Cup,” the India vice-captain said during a post-match virtual press conference after MI’s last IPL game here.
“T20 World Cup is a different ball game, franchise cricket is different. So you cannot really look too much into those aspects. Yes the form matters, but it’s a different squad there and it’s a different squad here. So you cannot really look too much into that.” —PTI