Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya performed a match-turning knock of 30-ball 40 runs towards Punjab Kings on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi.
Pandya missed the primary two video games for MI after the IPL 2021 season restarted on September 19 and didn’t chase towards RCB in his final sport.
Hardik Pandya’s late hitting helped MI beat Punjab by six wickets
The 27-year-old was in a unique mode on a sluggish observe on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium as he smashed 4 boundaries and a few sixes in his great innings.
Pandya, who got here in to bat at no.5, made simply 12 runs from 16 balls at one stage, however issues modified within the seventeenth overs bowled by Mohammed Shami. Shami began with a brief ball that hit Pandya on his arm, and the batsman hit a six and a 4 in the identical over.
Pandya smashed 16 runs off 4 balls within the penultimate over towards Shami to complete the sport for Mumbai Indians, who gained their first match within the second leg of IPL 2021 in UAE.
Hardik Pandya shouldn’t be wasted at no.7: Ajay Jadeja
Former Indian batsman Ajay Jadeja feels that Pandya ought to bat up the order quite than batting at no.7 place. Jadeja feels that Pandya gained’t be capable of develop as a batsman in that place.
“Pandya’s batting is rather more necessary than his bowling. If he wasn’t as damaging a batter, there was no approach he can be in Mumbai Indians or the Indian workforce. It needs to be clear that he’s a batting all-rounder. His standout skill is with the bat,” Jadeja informed Cricbuzz.
“Even when he doesn’t bowl, I imagine that he has the uncommon skill as a batter. It shouldn’t be wasted at quantity 7. He gained’t be capable of develop as a batter in that place. If a batter has to develop, he needs to be despatched up the order.
“Now he’s proven he can do that whereas coming in early. He has the talent to bat within the center overs. Questioning why Mumbai Indians usually are not sending him up the order. In the event that they need to give Hardik a while within the center, they need to promote him up the order. His bowling is a bonus,” he added.
Mumbai Indians might need acquired one thing to breathe after a six-wicket win towards Punjab, however there’s extra to be performed for the five-time champions to push their case for the playoff berth.