IPL 2021: “He, as a whole package is of great value,” Zaheer Khan on Hardik Pandya
Zaheer Khan praises Hardik Pandya and also stated that Kieron Pollard is Mumbai’s sixth bowling option.
The Mumbai Indians (MI) started their first match of the IPL 2021 campaign on April 9 against the Virat Kohli-led side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The match started with a disappointing note for Mumbai Indians.
However, the fact that caught the attention of the viewers was that Hardik Pandya did not roll his am over in the encounter even for once against the RB squad. As of now, the Director of Cricket Operations for the Mumbai Indians (MI), Zaheer Khan has stated that Hardik Pandya is a ‘whole package’ who brings great value to the Mumbai side.
Zaheer further stated that Pandya didn’t bowl in their first match because of the workload management. The other reason he gave for Pandya not getting involved in the bowling department was that his physios has asked him not to bowl as for now.
“Hardik as a whole package is of great value. It was a workload-related thing in the previous game. He bowled in the India-England series, in the last ODI he bowled about nine overs, we had to take that approach,” Zaheer stated.
He further revealed that Pandya currently has a shoulder concern. He added that the shoulder concern is not so worrisome, and hence Hardik Pandya will be seen bowling soon.
“There was a little bit of a shoulder concern. I don’t think it’s worrisome, you will very soon see him bowl. For the timelines, you’ll have to ask the physios but in terms of Hardik Pandya the bowler coming in tis tournament, we are very confident that he will be chipping in,” Zaheer Khan added.
Talking about Pollard, Khan said, “Pollard is our sixth bowling option. He’s an experienced campaigner here so he’s definitely going to be our sixth bowling option. And whenever Hardik is available, he’s going to be a bowling option as well. We’re not very concerned in that department. You have to adapt and adjust. This year it’s a different format so we’ll look to have that flexibility around because of not being able to play in the home ground.”