Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma has revealed that the medical team of the franchise is working with Hardik Pandya to get him back to full fitness. Hardik didn’t bowl a single delivery in the second leg of the IPL 2021 season.
The T20 World Cup is fast approaching and Hardik needs to be able to deliver with the ball. As a specialist batsman, he may not enter the side so his services with the ball are almost a necessity. Rohit Sharma updated the status on Hardik’s fitness last night in a virtual press conference.
“In terms of his bowling, he [Hardik] hasn’t bowled yet. So, the physios, the trainers, the medical team is working on his bowling. As of now, all I know is, he hasn’t bowled a single ball yet. But we wanted to take one game at a time and see where he stands.”
“He didn’t bowl today as well, but he’s getting better day by day. So, in the next week or so, he might be able to bowl – only the doctors or the physios will be able to give an update on that,” Rohit Sharma said.
“Players like him are just one innings away from coming back to natural ways” – Rohit Sharma
The MI skipper further assessed that despite the poor returns with the bat, Hardik Pandya is just one innings away from getting back to his usual self. His middle-order presence will certainly boost the Indian squad in the World Cup.
“As far as Hardik’s batting is concerned, yes he will be a little disappointed. But he’s a quality player, there’s no doubt about that, and he has come back from tough situations before as well. Personally, for him, he will not be happy with his batting. Players are like him are just one innings away from coming back to natural ways. I am confident about his ability and I am sure he will be a huge asset,” Rohit Sharma added.
MI won their final game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) but failed to make the playoffs because of a weaker net run rate.