Indian selection committee chairman Chetan Sharma was confident that Hardik Pandya would bowl in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but it did not happen and now Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma is hopeful that the all-rounder will start bowling next week ahead of the T20 World Cup. Will give
Pandya played five matches in the UAE leg of the IPL in which he did not get much success. After the public announcement by the chairman of the selection committee, it seemed that he would bowl but he did not bowl a single over in the meantime.
“As far as his (Hardik) bowling is concerned, the physio and trainers are working on his bowling,” Rohit said in a press conference after Mumbai’s last match in the IPL. He hasn’t bowled a single ball yet. We wanted to assess his fitness keeping in mind one match at a time.
“It is improving day by day. Maybe by next week he can start bowling. Only the doctor and the physio can tell about it.” Pandya also disappointed in the batting and scored only 127 runs. He averaged 14.11 and had a strike rate of 113.39.
Rohit said, “As far as his batting is concerned, he will be a little disappointed but he is a great player. He has come out of tough situations before. I myself have full faith in his abilities. ”
Rohit is not worried about the form of the Indian players in the Mumbai Indians team as the T20 World Cup will be a different kind of tournament where a player can get back into the rhythm even during practice.
“I don’t want to focus too much on what happened in the IPL and what is going to happen in the T20 World Cup. T20 World Cup is a different kind of tournament and franchise cricket is different from that. So you can’t pay too much attention to these aspects. Form does matter but teams are different in both the places. So you can’t focus too much on it. ”
Apart from Rohit, Mumbai Indians’ Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah are also part of the Indian team for the T20 World Cup.