‘Tried to use advantage of…’: Kieron Pollard on using Hardik Pandya as new-ball bowler | Cricket News


New Delhi: After Mumbai Indians' close six-run defeat to Gujarat Titans. ipl 2024 opening batting, batting coach Kieron Pollard stressed that captain hardik pandyaThe ability to swing the ball was the primary factor behind his role as the new bowler in Sunday's match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
In a significant move, Hardik took the responsibility of opening the bowling against his former team, despite being the stronger option Jasprit Bumrah In the team. However, despite this strategic decision, Hardik conceded 20 runs in his first two overs, which contributed to Mumbai's early challenges in the game.
“You have to plan and decide what you want to do as a team. Hardik (Pandya) has also bowled with the new ball for Gujarat in the last few years. He bowled the new ball well, which was nothing new for us. We tried to take advantage of the swing of the new ball. When I look at the decision taken, there is nothing wrong in it, and we move forward,” Pollard said in the post-match press conference.
Asked about the logic behind batting at number seven for Hardik, who could not complete the target of 169 for Mumbai after losing to Umesh Yadav in the final over, Pollard commented, “There is no one on complete autonomy. The decision is not taken, so we cannot do it.” Say it's his decision. As a team, we have plans; We talk about determining entry points for batsmen. The top order batted deep into the game, and we also had two power hitters going into the final overs. Generally, if you look at it over time, Tim (David) has finished games for us, and Harden has done that for years.
“So, at any point, any of them can revive the situation. It didn't happen tonight, so there will probably be a conversation about who should have gone first. But all these things are behind, and as a team, we take decisions, so let's stop 'Hardik took the decision, Hardik did this, Hardik did that'. we are a team. We take decisions collectively. ,” Pollard said.
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Pollard also expressed confidence in the wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan KishanThe ability to bounce back in the upcoming matches after being out for a duck in Sunday's clash.
“He is an experienced guy in our setup. And we expect big things from Ishaan. He is in good shape, training well and performing quite well, so hopefully we can see some excellent performances from him in the next few matches and then you all will keep praising him when he does that.”
In a surprise move, the Punjab all-rounder Naman Dheer Made his IPL debut in the match and batted at number three in the order, which raised eyebrows of the spectators.
Pollard attributed Mumbai Indians' successful scouting program for discovering talents like Dhir, who had featured in only five T20 matches before Sunday's IPL clash against Gujarat.
“First of all, congratulations to the scouts and all those who work behind the scenes to continue to uncover all this talent. He was on the radar. For us, he has been in our setup for the last few months, going to England and developing. So, that was something that we saw in the guy, and he came out and was very expressive.
“Again, with the higher shots, we're excited about these things, but I thought they had a lot more to offer. His calmness and continuing to have that intent even when we lost the first wicket is a good start for him.
“But then again, this is just the beginning of something. At the end of it, he scored around 20 (runs). Let's give him that space; Let him enjoy the moment. It was a big opportunity for all these guys, but as a franchise, we continue to bring in new talent so that we can keep moving forward.
Despite the defeat, Pollard signed off by maintaining a positive outlook for the remainder of the competition. “Obviously, in the ideal world, that's what you want (to win). But when you are playing real cricket against professionals, they will have their own plans.
“For about six overs of the game where you were in control and while batting in the final quarter, we let it slip and ended up with a defeat. So, a few things to look at. The tournament is long and the players are coming and understanding what is required at this level. We will make it right.”
(With IANS inputs)

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