IPL 2021: “There is a quite confidence which I see in the group” said Mumbai Indians Director of Cricket Operations Zaheer Khan

Mumbai Indians are the most successful IPL side, having won the title five times. But they are also the slowest starters and Kolkata Knight Riders will try to take advantage of that when they meet them in Chennai on Tuesday.

Mumbai Indians are the most successful IPL side, having won the title five times. But they are also the slowest starters and Kolkata Knight Riders will try to take advantage of that when they meet them in Chennai on Tuesday.

I once again was off to a losing start in this edition, while KKR recorded a convincing victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. They will look to keep that momentum going.

“Hardik, as a whole package is always of great value, everyone knows that. It was a workload-related thing in the previous game,” Zaheer said in a video which is recently shared by Mumbai Indians on their official Twitter handle.

 

“He bowled in the whole England series, in the last ODI he bowled about nine overs and that is why in consultation with the physio, we had to take that approach.

“There was a little bit of a shoulder concern but I don’t think it is worrisome. You will see him bowl very soon. We are very confident that he will be chipping in with the ball in his hand as well,” added Zaheer, a former left-arm pacer himself.

Zaheer also said that West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard was the team’s sixth bowling option.

“Pollard is our sixth bowling option. In that department, we are not very concerned. You have to just adapt and adjust.

Zaheer also described pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah as MI’s trump card and said he was someone, who could turn the game at any stage.

Zaheer also heaped praise on wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan and said he has flourished since the last season’s game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he played a splendid knock.

Two teams, who have won seven IPL titles between them, are expected to come with all their homework done.

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