ABU DHABI: Mumbai Indians director of cricket operations Zaheer Khan on Saturday said Hardik Pandya has resumed training and the franchise hopes all-rounder Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be fit to fight.
Hardik did not play in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the franchise had earlier said that they were balancing Team India’s demand.
“Okay, we have a practice session today and we’ll see how it goes and then we’ll make a call. He’s started practicing. I can share it with you. Available, ”Zaheer said in response to ANI’s question during the virtual pre-press conference.
When ANI asked if Kieron Pollard was being left to do too much in the middle order, Zaheer said: “Well, he’s happy to do too much. He’s such a player and he wants to take on that responsibility. The strength he brings to the matches. He brought the ability to change the game to the table. “I don’t want to get into how the games are, it’s just a matter of looking ahead. The rest of the games are focused on how we can do our best.”
Earlier, Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond said the franchise team was also looking at India’s demand while coping with the workload of all-rounder Hardik.
“Hardik is training well. He has trained today (Thursday) and he is getting close to the game. We are balancing the needs of our team with the needs of Team India. This franchise is looking after its players. We are hopeful that Hardik will return for the next match. He trained well on Thursday, ”Bond said during a post-match virtual press conference.
The Mumbai Indians are currently sixth in the IPL standings and will lock the horn against RCB on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium.


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