Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma missed the team’s opening game in the second leg of IPL 2021 against Chennai Super Kings.
On Sunday, Rohit along with all-rounder Hardik Pandya was seen on the bench rather than playing in the main team against rivals CSK.
Mumbai Indians lost to CSK by 20 runs as Rohit Sharma missed the match
Mumbai went down by 20 runs at the end of the game despite getting a brilliant start by New Zealand’s duo of Trent Boult and Adam Milne.
One thing that fans and experts missed very badly was Rohit’s captaincy on the field as MI under stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard’s presence allowed CSK to attack late in the innings after keeping them at bay for fifteen overs.
Rohit Sharma missed the match against CSK because of his workload management
According to sources close to the development cited that Rohit was given rest keeping his workload management in mind and also allowing him to relax for the T20 World Cup next month.
“We (the franchise) keep India first. He’s keeping India first. The World Cup is scheduled after the IPL. Every single aspect of his workload will be managed from a precautionary POV keeping his Team India objectives in mind,” a source related to the development was quoted by Times of India.
After the CSK match, Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene mentioned that Rohit will be back for the next match against Kolkata Knight Riders.
“Rohit was batting and doing his running as well, but after coming back from the UK, we felt that he probably needed an extra few days, so should be fine to play the next game,” Jayawardene said in a virtual press conference.
Rohit has helped Mumbai Indians win five IPL titles since taking the charge of the team in 2013 but his current focus will be on the T20 World Cup for India.
Rohit is India’s white-ball vice-captain and is likely to succeed Virat Kohli as the team’s T20I captain after the showpiece event ends in November.