What’s wrong with Hardik Pandya, Is he fit to play next match?

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IPL 2021: What’s wrong with Hardik Pandya- Will he play the next match for MI vs KKR or not? Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
IPL 2021: What’s wrong with Hardik Pandya- Will he play the next match for MI vs KKR or not? Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

IPL 2021- Hardik Pandya:  What came as a major setback to Mumbai Indians in their IPL 2021 Phase 2 opener is the absence of Hardik Pandya and skipper Rohit Sharma. Their absence costed the game for MI as they lost the match by 20 runs to MS Dhoni’s CSK. Hardik Pandya’s absence, in particular, added to middle-order batting issues for struggling MI and raised questions over his fitness. The allrounder had picked up a niggle during training that ruled him out of the playing XI. Follow IPL 2021 live updates on insidesport.co and live streaming on Star Sports, Hotstar. 

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IPL 2021-Will Hardik Pandya play the next match for MI vs KKR or not? Pandya is likely to return for MI vs KKR in the upcoming match. However, the latest development raises questions about his fitness. 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.

MI coach Mahela Jayawardena shed light on the development. He said that Hardik Pandya required extra time to recover from a niggle. “Hardik was training and had a little niggle. So, as a precaution, we thought to give him extra days. Nothing serious!” Jayawardena said at the post-match conference.

Also read: CSK vs MI – IPL 2021: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo shine as CSK beat MI by 20 runs; claim top spot in points table

IPL 2021: Hardik Pandya’s form 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.

  • 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.

Mumbai Indians are currently in 4th place in the IPL 2021 Points Table.

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 Indian team for T20 World Cup.

Rohit Sharma available for MI vs KKR

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma will also return to action in the upcoming fixture. He had picked a knee niggle that he had sustained during the recent England tour. Rohit had struck a century in the second innings of the fourth Test at the Oval but did not take the field when England batted.

“Rohit had something going in the last Test (Oval), so we thought a couple of days of extra precaution,” Jayawardena said.

“Rohit was batting and fielding as well but after he came from the UK we felt that he probably need extra few days. So, he will be fine to play the next game,” he added.

His absence hurt MI badly as Kieron Pollard missed a trick as CSK posted 156/6 in the allotted 20 overs despite tottering at 24/4 after powerplay.

Good news for Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma likely to return against KKR

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