Hardik Pandya has not been able to bowl for a long time. In this IPL also he was not bowled. His performance as an all-rounder was also not very good. He scored 127 runs in 12 matches at an average of 14.
This was the reason that finally the Mumbai Indians franchise released him for the next season.
Mumbai Indians picked only the two highest run scorers of their team in IPL 2021. Captain Rohit Sharma was jointly retained for 16 crores while Suryakumar Yadav was retained for 8 crores.
Rohit Sharma scored 381 runs in IPL 2021 at an average of 29. However, he could only get one half-century. On the other hand, Suryakumar Yadav scored 317 runs at an average of 22. He scored 2 half-centuries in this tournament. However, Ishan Kishan, who scored 26 runs in 10 matches, was not retained and was released.
Apart from this, Kieran Pollard was also retained by the franchise by paying Rs 6 crore. Kieran Pollard scored 245 runs with the bat at an average of 30, while he took only 5 wickets in the bowling.
Mumbai Indians’ fourth retention was their bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who was retained by the franchise for 12 crores. In IPL 2021, Bumrah took 21 wickets in 14 matches.
Mumbai Indians upset over Hardik’s failure to bowl
Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene had said that the franchise was in touch with the Indian team management regarding Hardik’s fitness and bowling preparation. He added that Hardik’s fitness was being “assessed” on a daily basis, but Mumbai was not going to ask him to bowl until the all-rounder was fully prepared.
Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene felt that putting “too much” pressure on all-rounder Hardik Pandya to bowl in IPL 2021 could have a negative impact on his batting.
Along with Hardik Pandya, his brother Krunal Pandya was also released by Mumbai Indians. Krunal Pandya, playing as an all-rounder, could take only 5 wickets in 13 matches in the bowling. Apart from this, his performance in batting was also not special. He could only score 143 runs at an average of just 14.