September 19, 2021 7:28:32 pm
Captain Rohit Sharma and star all-rounder Hardik Pandya were not part of the Mumbai Indians playing XI as the IPL 2021 restarted in the UAE with a blockbuster clash between MI and Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
Instead of Rohit, Kieron Pollard walked out to the toss with MS Dhoni. “Rohit is okay, he’ll be fine sooner rather than later, I’m just the captain for today,” Pollard said at the toss. Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first.
Rohit Sharma had been reportedly carrying a knee injury on the recent England tour.
Also missing from the MI playing XI was Hardik Pandya, who has not returned to full fitness since his shoulder surgery. Chief selector Chetan Sharma had said Hardik would be ready to bowl his full quota of overs for India in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Anmolpreet Singh, who was named in the XI, made his debut for MI.
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Kieron Pollard(c), Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
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