Hardik is fine to play next match against SRH: Rohit
Mumbai: Hardik Pandya had twisted his ankle during Mumbai Indians opening game against Chennai Super Kings and skipper Rohit Sharma said the Baroda all-rounder looks fine and hoped he would be in good shape when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The freak injury had happened off the final delivery of the Mumbai Indians innings bowled by Dwayne Bravo. Pandya wanted to go for a second run but twisted his ankle. “He’s looking good for now. He twisted his ankle but he came (back on the field) and bowled four overs. We still have three days (for the next match, against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 12). I think he will be fine,” Sharma said.
MI were defeated by CSK by a wicket and a ball to spare in a thriller courtesy a whirlwind 30-ball 68 by West Indian Dwayne Bravo and some late hitting by Kedar Jadhav. Sharma said his side was in the game till the 17th over, adding it is difficult to contain batsmen when they are set at the Wankhede stadium.
“Everyone saw what happened. There were certain things that we did not do right in the pressure situation. That’s all. We were in the game till the 17th over. In the last three overs the game drifted away from us.
“You cannot do much about it. At Wankhede it is always difficult to contain batsmen once they are set. With the dew and all those factors it is very hard for the bowlers, but that is not an excuse. I am just trying to say what exactly happened on that day and in that particular over,” the skipper said.