Mumbai Indians director of cricket operations Zaheer Khan said on Saturday that Hardik Pandya has started training again and the franchise is hoping the all-rounder will be fit for the clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Hardik did not play the matches against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the current 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) and the franchise had previously said it was balancing the needs of Team India as well.
“Well we’ve got a workout scheduled today and we’ll see how it goes and then we’ll take a call. He’s started training, that’s what I can share with you guys, we hope he will be fit and well available for the clash against RCB, ”Zaheer said responding to a ANI question at a virtual pre-match press conference.
When ANI When asked if Kieron Pollard should be doing too much in the middle order, Zaheer said: “Well, he’s happy to be doing too much. He’s that kind of player and he wants to take on that responsibility. The power that he brings into the games is the game-changing ability that he brings to the table.I don’t want to get into how the games have gone, it’s about looking to the future. So we have to accept what happened and then look to the future, the focus is on how we can bring out the best in ourselves in the remaining games.
“This team certainly knows how to perform under pressure.”
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Earlier, Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond said the franchise is also looking at the needs of Team India while managing the workload of versatile Hardik.
“Hardik is training well. He has trained today (Thursday) and is getting closer to the game. We are balancing the needs of our team with those of Team India as well. This franchise looks after its players. We hope. that Hardik will be back for the next match, he trained well on Thursday, “Bond said in a virtual post-match press conference.
The Mumbai Indians are currently in sixth place in the IPL standings and the team will face RCB on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium.