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IPL 2021: Hardik Pandya misses back to back matches for MI, raising doubts over his fitness ahead of T20 WC | XtraTime

IPL 2021: Hardik Pandya misses back to back matches for MI, raising doubts over his fitness ahead of T20 WC | XtraTime

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Hardik Pandya has missed back to back matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 second leg. Image Source: BCCI

Xtra Time Web Desk: Team India all rounder Hardik Pandya has now missed back to back matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 second leg. Hardik, who did not take the field against CSK, also missed the action against KKR on Thursday. His absence has raised questions over his fitness.

The all-rounder had picked up a slight niggle during training in the practice session ahead of the IPL 2021 opener. Hardik did take part in the white ball series against Sri Lanka in Colombo. The all rounder from Baroda also bowled in the series against the Lankans but did not look impressive. He took three wickets in the Sri Lanka series.

It is unsure whether he will be fit to bowl in the remaining fixtures of IPL 2021. He hadn’t bowled a single over in the first 7 matches for MI.

With the T20 World Cup scheduled to start next month, Hardik needs to be fit as he is an integral member of the Indian side. BCCI had requested franchises not to rush & risk any of Indian squad members for the T20WC.  He recently recovered from his injured lower back but he is yet to prove his fitness on the field. With the T20 World Cup scheduled next month, BCCI has requested franchises, not to rush & risk any of the Indian squad players’.

Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawerdene did clarify that Hardik’s injury is not serious in his last press conference. He has just given some extra rest.

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Hardik is one of the key members for this Mumbai Indians squad. His performance in the first leg of IPL 2021 in India was far from impressive. He did not score runs neither did he bowl. 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.

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