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IPL 2021: If You Push Too Hard For Hardik Pandya To Bowl, He Might Even Struggle Says Mahela Jayawardene

By IANS News
October 01, 2021 • 21:54 PM View: 1073

Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene said on Friday that his team will not rush Hardik Pandya into bowling in the ongoing IPL 2021 as he could 'struggle' if pushed too hard. He also said that the possibility of Pandya bowling in the IPL will be evaluated on a daily basis.

"Whether he can bowl in the IPL or not is something that we will have to look it on a daily basis and evaluate and then see how he progresses. But at the moment, if you push too hard, it might be an issue where you might even struggle and might not be an asset even as a batsman. So that's something we will have to take into account and with consideration with all concerned parties and take it a day at a time," said Jayawardene in a virtual pre-match press conference ahead of Mumbai's clash with Delhi Capitals on Saturday.


After missing the first two matches in the second leg of the tournament in the UAE, Pandya has featured for Mumbai as a pure batsman. The all-rounder hadn't bowled in the first leg of the tournament in India as well. Jayawardene mentioned that the franchise is in contact with the Indian team management with respect to Pandya.

"He hasn't bowled since Sri Lanka for a longer period of time and obviously had another niggle. We managed to get him through that process. I think what we are trying to do is what's best for Hardik going forward. But we will be taking to the management, the Indian team management, and everyone else and make sure that sooner he feels comfortable, we will get him into his bowling programme and prepare him."

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