Mumbai Indians (MI) pacesetter Nathan Coulter-Nile has said he did not know the exact rationale behind Hardik Pandya’s promotion to No. 4 against Rajasthan Royals (RR). He admitted, however, that whoever took the bat was expected to score quickly.
MI flattened RR by eight wickets on Tuesday in match number 51 of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) in Sharjah. After limiting RR to 90 for 9, MI shot down the target in just 8.2 overs.
After Suryakumar Yadav’s resignation, MI sent Hardik Pandya into the fight at number four. He didn’t have much to do though and went undefeated on 5 from six balls as Ishan Kishan crossed to an undefeated half-century on 25 balls.
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At the post-match conference, Coulter-Nile was asked about the reason behind Hardik Pandya’s promotion. Coulter-Nile responded to a question from Sportskeeda in this regard:
“Look, those decisions are made by the higher circles. I just come for cricket balls. Those decisions are made far above me. I think common sense would say anyone going to the middle should get the runs as fast as possible and try to get that run rate up. ”
After their landslide win on Tuesday, MI moved up to fifth in the points table. They have 12 points from 13 games and a net run rate of -0.048.
Once Quinny went out, Ishan Kishan always opened: Nathan Coulter-Nile
The MI medium pacer also revealed that Ishan Kishan would open once Quinton de Kock was left out of the playing XI.
Asked about the move to start the innings with Ishan Kishan, Coulter-Nile, who was named the Man of the Match for his 4 for 14 spell, explained:
“I think opening the innings is a good place for him. He likes to play his shots and with a wicket like that it would only get harder. So that’s why we saw our batters move up the order. He was scheduled to be in the highest order as soon as Quinny (Quinton de Kock) went out.
“I don’t know if there was ever going to be a case where he would hit in the middle order. It was nice to see him score some points and he might have cemented his position.”
Kishan hammered five fours and three sixes in his innings, roaring back to form in style.