IPL 2021: RCB vs MI: Mumbai Indians hopeful of Hardik Pandya’s return against Royal Challengers Bangalore

IPL
2021:
RCB
vs
MI:
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The
return
of
the
star
all-rounder
Hardik
Pandya
maybe
the
boost
the
defending
champions
need,
as
MI
Director
of
Cricket
Operations,
Zaheer
Khan
revealed
on
Saturday
that
Pandya
would
be
fit
to
play
in
Mumbai’s
next
game.

The
Rohit
Sharma-led
side
is
set
to
take
on
Virat
Kohli’s
Royal
Challengers
Bangalore
on
Sunday
at
the
Dubai
International
Stadium.

MI
did
not
have
the
best
of
starts
to
the
second
phase
of
the
IPL,
as
the
five-time
champs
have
lost
both
their
matches
so
far,
and
has
slipped
down
from
the
fourth
spot.

After
losing
to
Chennai
Super
Kings
by
20
runs
in
their
first
match
after
the
season
restarted,
MI
crashed
to
a
seven-wicket
loss
to
Kolkata
Knight
Riders
in
their
next
game,
eventually
slipping
down
to
sixth
position
on
the
IPL
points
table.

On
Sunday,
speaking
during
the
pre-match
press
conference,
Zaheer
Khan
sounded
optimistic
about
Hardik’s
return
to
the
playing
XI
for
Sunday’s
(Sept.
26)
game.

“Well,
we
have
a
practice
session
today
lined
up,
so
after
we
finish
the
press
conference
we
are
going
to
go
there
and
will
take
an
informed
call
on
that.
He
(Hardik)
has
started
practicing,
that’s
what
I
can
share
with
you
guys
right
now.
So,
we
are
hopeful
that
he
(Hardik)
will
be
fit
and
available.
That’s
what
we
are
hoping,”
PTI
quoted
the
former
India
pacer
saying
at
the
pre-match
conference.

Earlier
Mumbai
coach
Mahela
Jayawardane
had
said
that
the
Baroda
all-rounder
had
missed
the
game
against
Chennai
due
a
little
niggle
and
had
also
missed
the
next
game
against
KKR.

Despite,
losing
their
place
in
the
top
four,
Zaheer
said
teams
have
become
smart
in
the
approach
to
the
defending
champions,
but
Mumbai
know
how
to
perform
under
pressure.

“As
you
know,
IPL
is
a
very
highly
competitive
tournament,
so
teams
are
always
trying
to
have
a
one
up
on
each
other
and
they
are
getting
smart
in
their
preparation
and
these
days
every
team
is
analysing
every
other
team.
So
we
have
to
stay
on
the
top.

“The
focus
has
always
been
on
us,
this
team
has
been
so
successful
because
we
have
been
focusing
on
our
processes,
our
strengths
and
our
players
who
are
taking
the
field.
And
these
are
the
players
who
have
got
us
the
championship,
so
we
have
that
kind
of
approach
and
we
have
had
quite
a
lot
of
good
conversations
around
those
things,”
he
said.

“When
it
comes
to
the
back-end
of
the
tournament,
the
pressure
is
(high),
this
team
certainly
knows
how
to
perform
under
pressure,”
stated
Zaheer.

Since
the
IPL
restarted,
after
being
suspended
midway
due
to
covid-19
cases
in
the
biobubble,
the
Mumbai
middle-order
has
misfired
in
the
first
two
games.
“When
you
look
at
the
scorecard,
you
will
say
ya
(laughs),
there
is
a
concern.”

But
Zaheer
stressed
that
it
was
just
a
matter
of
time.
“But
I
don’t
see
it
(the
middle-order
form)
as
a
concern.
It
is
just
about
finding
that
rhythm.
You
have
seen
in
this
format
and
this
tournament
particularly
that
once
you
get
on
a
roll,
you
can
win
a
couple
of
games
together,”
he
said.

“This
team
has
been
so
successful
because
of
certain
processes
in
terms
of
form,
it
is
always
just
one
innings
away,
be
it
a
batter
or
a
bowler
and
for
you
to
win
games
of
cricket,
everything
has
to
come
together,”
he
explained.

Zaheer
added
that
Mumbai
got
off
to
good
starts
in
the
last
two
games
but
weren’t
able
to
finish
off
things.
“So
far,
we
have
been
getting
good
starts,
we
have
been
having
those
platforms,
(we
are)
not
being
able
to
close
in
those
situations,
so
the
focus
will
be
on
that
going
forward.
It
is
just
about
everything
coming
together
and
we
just
need
that
one
game
and
that
one
game
I
am
certain
has
to
be
the
next
game,”
he
said.

“Because
we
are
getting
in
that
business
end
of
the
tournament
where
every
game
is
going
to
matter
and
every
game
is
going
to
bring
in
more
pressure.
When
we
have
such
a
successful
background
to
look
at
and
such
experienced
players
to
fall
back
on,
we
are
looking
forward
to
the
challenge
and
we
are
looking
forward
to
the
opportunity
we
have
right
now,
going
forward
to
make
history.
It
is
just
a
matter
of
time
before
we
turn
things
around,”
Zaheer
signed
off.

Both
Mumbai
and
Bangalore
have
lost
two
matches
each
since
the
IPL
restarted
and
the
two
sides
will
be
eager
to
return
to
winnings
ways
as
the
tournament
heads
towards
the
business
end.

(With
inputs
from
PTI)

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