MI head coach Mahela Jayawardene has said that Hardik has not bowled so far in the IPL due to a shoulder niggle.
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Ever since his return from a back surgery he underwent in 2019, Hardik doesn’t bowl as much as he used to.
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“I do miss my bowling but I don’t think it’s putting pressure on my batting. I have played throughout my life as an all-rounder and I am just learning how to deal with it and move on in life with a smile,” said Hardik before the start of the game between MI and Punjab Kings.
Hardik had bowled regularly during the five-match T20 series against England last month before rolling his arm over once during the following three-match ODI series as part of his workload management.