There are credible reports which suggest that Hardik Pandya will join Mumbai Indians. It is a massive moment in the history of IPL. If Hardik joins the side, MI becomes almost unbeatable. However, a few youngsters may not be in a comfortable situation. Their careers could be on the line as Hardik fills multiple roles in the side. Here, we take a look at three Mumbai Indians cricketers whose development could be hindered if Hardik Pandya joins the team.
1) Nehal Wadhera
Nehal Wadhera was one of the finds of the last season. He did well with the bat in tough situations. Nehal has good potential with the ball, as well.
However, with Hardik in the side, Nehal may not be sufficient opportunities. Mumbai Indians would have a stacked batting order. Only Tim David might be the foreigner in the batting unit. Even he might play at No.6 only. A genuine foreign all-rounder could play at No.7. Hence, Nehal’s development could go for a toss.
2) Ramandeep Singh
Ramandeep Singh is one of the Mumbai Indians cricketers whose development could be hindered if Hardik Pandya joins the team. The all-rounder from Punjab was seen as the replacement for Hardik Pandya. However, the arrival of Nehal Wadhera reduced his chances last season.
Now, with Hardik’s return, Ramandeep might not even get one game. For a player who had a high ceiling, not getting to play in IPL frequently could be disappointing.
3) Arjun Tendulkar
Arjun Tendulkar got a few games for Mumbai Indians last season. He was mainly used as a new-ball bowler. If Hardik Pandya joins the squad, MI can afford a foreign pacer for the role that Arjun did.
Anyways, even if there is no foreign pacer, Hardik Pandya himself might share the new ball with Jasprit Bumrah. This would aid the balance of the side. Hardik has done this role at Gujarat Titans. Hence, Arjun might fall short of opportunities.