Rohit expects Hardik to start bowling from ‘next week’

By PTI
Skipper Rohit says the Mumbai Indians team has confidence in Hardik’s ability. (Source: AP)

Selection Committee chairman Chetan Sharma had said that Hardik Pandya would be bowling in the IPL but India vice-captain and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is expecting the all-rounder to start bowling from “next week” even though he won’t like to put a timeline on the subject.

Hardik played five matches in the UAE leg of IPL without a lot of success, save one game against Punjab Kings which he won with his batting and didn’t bowl a single over as anticipated when the Selection Committee chairman had announced publicly about the status of the Baroda player’s bowling fitness.

“In terms of his (Hardik) bowling, the physios, trainers are working. He hasn’t bowled a single ball yet. We wanted to take one match at a time and see where he stands,” Rohit said after MI’s last IPL game.

“He is getting better day by day. In the next week or so, he might be able to bowl, who knows? Only the doctors and physios will be able to give an update on that.”

Hardik also disappointed with the bat, scoring just 127 runs at 14.11 and a strike rate of 113.39.

“As far as his batting is concerned, yes, he will be a little disappointed but he is a quality player. He has come back from tough situations before as well,” Rohit said. “Personally for him, he will not be happy with his batting but the team has confidence in his ability. I personally have confidence in his ability.

“He is getting better and a player like him is probably just one game away from getting his natural ability back and we have seen it in the past. If I have to put everything together, there is no doubt he will be a valuable asset.”

Not too worried

Rohit isn’t too worried about the form of the India players in the Mumbai Indians squad as T20 World Cup will be a “different ball game” where one can get back into rhythm even during the practice games.

“I personally don’t like to count too much into what has happened in the IPL and what is going to happen in T20 World Cup.

“T20 World Cup is a different ball game, franchise cricket is different. So you cannot really look too much into those aspects. Yes the form matters, but it’s a different squad there and it’s a different squad here. So you cannot really look too much into that.”


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