Defending champions Mumbai Indians will tackle final yr’s runners-up Chennai Tremendous Kings within the opening encounter on Saturday, which might be Hardik’s first recreation in a yr having undergone again surgical procedure for stress fracture final yr.
“Hardik is getting back from an harm. So we must be conscious of that however he’s trying superb within the nets. Each the gamers (Pandya brothers) have been improbable for MI over the past three or 4 years. It brings numerous power to the group,” Jayawardene mentioned throughout MI’s digital media convention on Thursday.
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The Sri Lankan legend was requested whether or not Hardik will once more be assigned the finisher’s job.
“We’ve used him (Hardik) in several roles up to now and we are going to look into that. We may have fairly a lot of different gamers who can repair into that function as properly, so every time the chance is there we ask anybody to complete the sport off,” mentioned the previous Sri Lanka captain.
“It would not simply fall on Hardik however it’s one in every of his duties, so we wish to try to problem gamers in several methods on this camp, so we are going to proceed to try this,” he mentioned.
Australian dasher Chris Lynn is a gap choice however Jayawardene made it clear that Rohit Sharma-Quinton de Kock opening pair would not be tinkered with.
“Having choices is all the time nice. Chris Lynn is a good addition to the squad however the mixture of Rohit and Quinton has been there for us, final season they complement one another properly,” he mentioned.
“It has been very constant and each are properly skilled cricketers. I all the time really feel ‘why repair one thing that ain’t damaged’. So we are going to proceed to go along with that however having Lynn as an choice provides us flexibility within the squad.”
The MI coach can also be conscious that Jasprit Bumrah’s workload administration, similar to Hardik’s, must be exact, contemplating that India might be enjoying a gruelling four-match Take a look at collection in opposition to Australia Down Underneath later within the yr.
Jayawardene is completely satisfied that Bumrah has labored extensively on his power and conditioning in addition to expertise through the prolonged lockdown.
“Growth (Bumrah’s nickname) has been coaching actually onerous through the quarantine interval due to Indian commitments (which obtained postponed).
“He has had numerous bowling performed again residence as properly, attempting to maintain up the load, as a result of following the IPL, there’ll in all probability a Take a look at collection (Australia) for the Indian boys.
“For IPL, he appears to be like fairly sharp and Bumrah being very skilled, he has taken care of himself very, very properly throughout that quarantine interval and he’s fairly desirous to exit and carry out,” Jayawardene concluded.