Hardik Pandya did not bowl in Mumbai Indians’ (MI) lung-opener on Friday due to a shoulder concern but the India all-rounder will soon contribute to the team’s cause with the ball in his hand, team’s Director of Cricket Operations Zaheer Khan said on Monday.

Mumbai Indians, a five-time champion, lost its opening game to Royal Challengers Bangalore by two wickets.

“Hardik, as a whole package is always of great value, everyone knows that. It was a workload related thing in the previous game,” Zaheer said at the pre-match conference ahead of Mumbai’s game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

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“He bowled in the whole England series, in the last ODI he bowled about nine overs and that is why in consultation with the physio, we had to take that approach.

“There was a little bit of a shoulder concern but I don’t think it…

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