MI's main focus against RCB will be disciplined bowling, says Hardik Pandya
Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya today said that his team's focus against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL match tomorrow would be bowling with discipline and avoid conceding far too many runs on a high-scoring ground
Bengaluru: Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya today said that his team's focus against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL match tomorrow would be bowling with discipline and avoid conceding far too many runs on a high-scoring ground here.
"We know this is a high-scoring ground and as a bowler, we have to be ready for everything, but it would not be wise to concede 40 runs in four overs, which works against us," Pandya told reporters on the eve of their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
On the batting challenge posed by A B De Villiers and Virat Kohli, he said the bowlers go into every match with a positive frame of mind and bowl according to plan and wait for the rival batsmen to commit mistakes.
"As a bowler, we need to be confident and positive about it. We cannot compromise with our discipline to bowl tight line and length, especially we are up against batting prowess of the likes of Kohli and AB de Villiers. Moreover, we wait for them to commit mistakes," he said.
Pandya said the pressure would be on both the sides as they know that their hopes for a play-offs berth could end if they lose tomorrow.
"Obviously, RCB is a side which always look good and confident, but the pressure is on us and them also. This is a do-or-die match for us. And we know someone loses, it might end their quest for making into the next stage. Let us see who takes the pressure better, and comes out winning," he said.
Replying to a question, Pandya said that his team does not brood over the past but focuses on the next match.
"To be honest, it is very simple. We don't think much about the result because whatever happened is history. We are just looking forward to the Bangalore match, and, we would like to play as possible and, towards that end we are preparing for it," he said.
Asked what was the thinking for opting Visakhapatnam as home ground, Pandya said the team did not have any option but to opt for that city.
"To be honest, we did not have any option, but to go there. I don't know if there were many grounds left in the country. So, we had to go Visakhapatnam," he said.
Asked whether his team has acclimatised to the conditions prevailing in Visakhapatnam, Pandya said, "As a professional, we had to get used to any given condition. We are used to it," he said.
Left-arm medium fast bowler Khejroliya, who is already part of the Delhi Capitals team's bio-bubble as a net bowler, was readily included in the main squad.
The players began their early departures for the remainder of the IPL, starting September 19, after India's fifth Test against England was postponed indefinitely following COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.
Kohli along with other Indian players refused to take the field in the fifth Test against England at Old Trafford, after junior physio Yogesh Parmar became the fourth close-contact support staff to test positive for COVID-19.