Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Hardik Pandya was unavailable for his team’s 2nd IPL Phase 2 encounter against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Mumbai team’s bowling coach, Shane Bond has officially clarified Hardik’s injury situation. Here we have discussed what Shane Bond Speaks About Hardik Pandya.
Shane Bond Speaks About Hardik Pandya
Pandya is coming closer to taking the field and is practicing well, according to Bond, who also stated that the Mumbai club is attempting to combine the demands of its franchise with the requirements of the Indian cricket team.
MI franchise does very well is to look after its players: Shane Bond Pandya is expected to play his next match for the Mumbai Indians on September 26th, 2021, versus the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
“Well, Hardik Pandya is training well, he is getting closer to playing. We’re obviously balancing the needs of our team with the needs of India as well. So, one thing this franchise does very well is to look after its players. Not only try to win this competition but also keep track of the T20 World Cup that is coming up next month. So, hopefully, Hardik will be picked for the next match,” said Shane Bond after the match between MI and KKR.
Shane Bond also stated that pushing Hardik Pandya back into the lineup is fruitless, since it may also result in Pandya missing the entire season. According to the MI bowling coach, Pandya will rejoin the MI playing XI shortly,
“There is no point rushing him back to get injured and miss the rest of the tournament. Hopefully, we will get him back shortly and we’ll have him back,” concluded Shane Bond.
In the 2nd encounter in the 2nd leg of the IPL, the Mumbai Indians were thrashed by the Kolkata Knight Riders. The Rohit Sharma-led team batted first and amassed a score of 155/6. In response, Kolkata cruised to victory with 7 wickets and 4.5 overs to play. The Mumbai Indians are presently in sixth place in the points standings.