Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene revealed on Monday that Hardik Pandya suffered an injury during the ODI series between India and England, which has kept the all-rounder away from bowling in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Hardik has played as a finisher for both the national team and Mumbai Indians in recent times. Jayawardene wants Hardik Pandya to recover fully from the injury before taking the ball in his hand.
Former Sri Lankan team captain Mahela Jayawardene said in the press conference, "We were expecting him to bowl this season because he did not bowl in last year's IPL after coming off an injury and neither was he ready for it.". In my last ODI against England, I believe Hardik Pandya was hurt. So we don't want to risk injury further. "
Head coach Jayawardene added, "We want to make sure that he is comfortable bowling with a little hard work over the next few weeks and you can see him bowling, we would love to see him bowling, but like If he recovers from the swallow, he will also be able to bowl comfortably and we can use this property as well. "
Mumbai Indians have played three matches in IPL 2021 and the team has won two out of three matches. In one match, Mumbai missed the bowling of Hardik Pandya, but in two matches, the team has bowled by Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah. The Mumbai team has played its first three matches on the Chennai pitch, where the spinners benefit.