Hardik Pandya’s charge of MI “to be needy”: Mahela Jayawardene | Cricket news




Surveillance Kamback Man Hardik Pandya takes charge Is paramount to Mumbai Indians As coach Mahela Jayawardene, he wants to prepare “a few more finishers” for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League starting in Dubai on Saturday. Defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the opening match on Saturday, which will be Hardik’s first game of the year, which underwent surgery for a stress fracture last year.

“Hardik is coming back from an injury. So we have to focus on him but he is looking very good in the nets. Both the players (Pandya bhai) have been fantastic for MI for the last three or four years. The group has got a lot of energy. , “Jayawardene said during MI’s virtual media conference on Thursday.

The Sri Lankan veteran was asked if Hardik would be given the job of finisher again.

“We have used it (heartily) in various roles in the past and we will look into that. We will have many other players who can also heal in that role, so whenever there is an opportunity we can eliminate anyone. Lets say. Game off, “said the former Sri Lankan captain.

“It does not just fall on Hardik but it is one of his responsibilities. So we want to challenge the players in this camp in different ways, so we will continue to do so,” he said.

Australian dasher Chris Lynn is an early option, but Jayawardene made it clear that Rohit Sharma-Quinton de Kock will not tamper with the opening pair.

“The choices are always great. Chris Lynn is not in the squad, but the combination of Rohit and Quinton has been there for us. They complemented each other last season,” he said.

“It has been very consistent and both are well experienced cricketers. I always think ‘why fix something that is not broken.’

The MI coach also knows that Jasprit Bumrah’s assignment management, like Hardik’s, needs to be accurate, given that India will play a four-match Test series against Australia at the end of the year.

Jayawardene is happy that Bumrah Has worked extensively on his strength and conditioning as well as skills during extended lockdowns.

“Boom (nicknamed Bumrah) has been a really tough training during the quarantine period due to Indian commitments (which got postponed).”

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“He has bowled quite well in his home as well as bowling, as there will probably be a Test series for Indian boys (Australia) after IPL,” he said.

“For the IPL, he is looking quite fast and Bumrah is very professional, he has looked after himself very well, during that quarantine period and he is quite keen to go out and perform,” Jayawardene concluded.

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