The Mumbai Indians (MI), who started their journey in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) with a loss against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are going pretty fine as they have declared four wins out of six games. However, one of their best all-rounders, Hardik Pandya, is still to bowl in the season.
It has been decided that his workload, amidst being a contracted player for the India National Cricket team, will be kept under consideration and calculation. It is looking like that he will be featuring in the games for MI as a pure batsman this season. Below written statements by an official source are the answer of many ‘why’s’.
IPL 2020: Here is why Hardik Pandya has not bowled yet for MI
“He is fit and looking after his body really well. But considering India’s international calendar after the IPL, it was decided that his workload needs to be kept an eye on,” a source said.
“It has often in the past been debated whether players are made to go that extra mile for their club, but we are keeping an eye on the long road ahead that will see India play Australia and then England.
“We should ideally see the next IPL after that and not to forget there is the World T20 next year.
“A lot of cricket is round the corner and we don’t wish to be short-sighted and only look at this season. He is an X-factor for every team that he plays for and can change the momentum of a game with bat and ball across formats,” the source added.
Director of Cricket Operations for MI, Zaheer Khan, also believes that Pandya’s body shall be resting as he changes the balance immediately while bowling. Understanding his body physique, the management is looking for Pandya to bowl, and the scenario is under consideration. The bowler himself is looking to deliver to the opposing batsmen but is keeping his calm waiting for the official call.
“He is someone who really changes the balance of any side when he is bowling. He understands that but we have to listen to his body,” Zaheer said in a virtual pre-match conference.
“That is something the conversation which we are having in consultation with the physios. We are looking forward to seeing him bowl.
“He is very keen and really wanting to bowl. We just have to wait and be patient and listen to his body as I said earlier.