Reports are now stating that there’s a possibility of Hardik being replaced by a couple of other options. It has long been stated by many experts that the Baroda cricketer should not make a side purely based on his batting.
MI bowling coach Shane Bond mentioned that Hardik needed some time to get back into full match fitness and so was kept out of their team for the first two matches in the UAE. Against RCB, it was confirmed that his bowling services will not be required.
“We’re obviously balancing the needs of our team and the needs of team India as well. It’s the one thing that this franchise does really well… is look after its players with an eye not only to win this competition but an eye to the World Cup that’s coming up as well,” Bond had stated.
His role in the team is that of a finisher or an enforcer in the death overs along with giving his captain, four crucial overs with the ball. If he isn’t fit enough to bowl even in a T20 match with a lesser workload, then his spot in the side will be reconsidered.