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Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has revealed that all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s ankle injury is not serious.
Pandya sustained the injury on the final ball of the Indians’ innings and immediately fell to the ground. He looked to have sustained a serious injury as he had to be helped off the field.
However, he returned to bowl four overs and took three wickets, but his efforts went in vain as the Super Kings escaped with a one wicket win courtesy of an injured Kedar Jadhav, who stole the show in the final over.
“He twisted his ankle. He came and bowled four overs after that. We still have three days so I think he’ll be fine,” Rohit was quoted as saying by The Asian Age.
Meanwhile, Rohit was also highly impressed with the performance of 20-year-old leg-spinner Mayank Markande as he finished with figures of 3-23 off his four overs.
Markande dismissed Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar and Super Kings captain MS Dhoni.
“I played him (Markande) in the nets a few times,” Rohit said. “Leg-spinners give you a wicket-taking option in the middle and that’s what exactly happened. He’s got great control on whatever he does. Going forward he will be a great weapon for us. For Mahela and me, we have to support this guy.”