IPL 2021: “Don’t talk to the bowlers” – Mahela Jayawardene’s advises Hardik Pandya while batting in the nets

Hardik Pandya has scored just 117 runs in 10 innings of IPL 2021, averaging just over 14 with a below-par strike-rate of 112.5.

Mahela Jaywardene and Hardik Pandya
Mahela Jaywardene and Hardik Pandya

Mumbai Indians flamboyant all-rounder Hardik Pandya is currently going through a rough patch with the bat in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he was seen having an enjoyable net session ahead of his side’s last league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Friday.

In a candid conversation with the team’s coach Mahela Jayawardene, the right-hander mentioned that he feels he intended to play without worrying about getting out as opposed to his previous batting sessions.

“Today, why I am enjoying is.. even when I’m missing, my intent is to play. So what conservative I was talking about that, oh, I don’t have to get out (in the nets)… I have to play compact. So, in that, my extensions weren’t happening,” Hardik Pandya said in a video shared on the official social media of the Mumbai-based franchise. 

“Stop the commentary” – Mahela Jayawardene 

Replying to the junior Pandya, the former Sri Lanka skipper advised him to “stop the commentary” while batting in the nets and just talk to himself whenever he felt he’d made an error.

“And the other thing when you are practising as well, stop the commentary. Don’t talk to the bowlers.. telling them it’s a good length….[stuff] like that…You don’t do that in a match. You just talk to yourself. You know if you do something wrong. You do whatever you do to yourself,” Jayawardene responded to Hardik.

The MI Paltan didn’t look in their full groove in IPL 2021 as they are currently struggling at the sixth spot in the Points Table with just six wins in 13 matches. The playoffs berth also look far-fetched for Rohit Sharma and his men as they need to beat SRH by 171 runs to pip Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on the Net Run Rate.

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