Mumbai Indians won’t make Hardik Pandya bowl till ‘the niggle cools off and he is comfortable’

Hardik Pandya, who has a shoulder niggle, could be prepared to bowl in the upcoming handful of weeks, in accordance to the Mumbai Indians head mentor Mahela Jayawardene, but the staff “do not want to danger it” in the ongoing IPL until he recovers totally and feels at ease adequate.

“We had been clearly hunting forward for him to be bowling this collection as very last period he was coming again from injury,” Jayawardene explained in a press conversation. “But following the ODIs against England I consider he picked up a niggle. So that is a thing we are nursing at the instant. We do not want to danger it since it really is vital that we make certain that he is totally in a posture to come in and bowl.”

“Ideally in the upcoming handful of weeks, with do the job and all that, you may well see him bowl. It really is not like we are deliberately making an attempt not bowl him. We would love to have him bowling but as quickly as the niggle cools off and he is at ease we should really be in a position to utilise that asset as perfectly.”

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Pandya, who has not bowled significantly in the very last couple of yrs mainly since of lower-again issues, performed as a specialist batter for the duration of the 2020 IPL. He returned to bowling in the five T20Is against England in March, before which he experienced bowled just four overs for the duration of the second ODI against Australia in November 2020 – the first time he experienced bowled because the 2019 50-over Globe Cup. He bowled only in just one of the 3 ODIs against England that adopted the T20Is.

Previously, the franchise’s bowling mentor Zaheer Khan experienced explained that Pandya’s shoulder worry was “not worrisome”, incorporating that he would be bowling “incredibly quickly”. “He bowled in the India-England collection, in the very last ODI he bowled about 9 overs, and that is why in session with the physios, we experienced to get that approach,” Khan experienced explained. “There was a tiny bit of a shoulder worry. I do not imagine it really is worrisome, you will incredibly quickly see him bowl. For the timelines, you can expect to have to inquire the physio but in phrases of Hardik the bowler coming in this match, we are incredibly self-assured that he will be chipping in.”

Pandya has continued to participate in as a specialist batter for the staff this yr as perfectly, with Kieron Pollard becoming utilised as the sixth bowling option. He experienced explained very last yr for the duration of the Australia tour that his extended-time period strategy was to bowl mainly “in the vital game titles” like “Globe Cups and “other very important collection”.