New Delhi. Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri has expressed his opinion about out-of-form Mumbai Indians star all-rounder Hardik Pandya. However, in the ongoing UAE phase of IPL 2021, Pandya is slowly starting to regain his form. Mumbai Indians are ranked 7th in the points table just above Sunrisers Hyderabad with 5 wins and 7 losses in 12 matches so far. Hardik Pandya has not bowled so far in the UAE phase of IPL 2021 after the Sri Lanka tour and he has not been able to do much in batting.
2 games of Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians are yet to be played. The condition of the team is very bad and now looking in form, Pandya is also finding it difficult to save Mumbai Indians. They still have an outside chance to qualify for the playoffs. If they win these two matches by a huge margin while increasing their Net Run Rate (NRR), it could come in handy to decide the fourth team to go to the playoffs.
Coach Ravi Shastri believes that Hardik Pandya’s return to form has strengthened the chances of defending champions Mumbai as the 27-year-old all-rounder recently smashed an unbeaten 40 against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in 30 balls. had played in. He played an important role in bringing Mumbai Indians to victory in a tense situation in the last moments of the game. Describing Hardik Pandya as a confident player, coach Shastri said that he will be a different player now as he has scored some runs and regained his form.
The 59-year-old Indian coach said in a conversation with Fancode, “Hardik Pandya is a confident player. Sometimes when you’re not 100 percent, it can play into your mind. So it was important from the Mumbai Indians (MI) point of view that he got on the ground first and then scored runs. I have known Hardik for a long time. Once he gets into the groove, he can score 4-5 match-winning scores.”
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16 were needed to win against Punjab Kings in 12 balls. Hardik got Mumbai Indians to victory in Sharjah with two fours and six off Mohammed Shami. However, Pandya could manage only 17 runs against the Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals team on Saturday. The next challenge of Mumbai Indians is against Rajasthan Royals. The match will be played between the two sides at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday (October 5) and both the teams will try to win it.