Mumbai Indians (MI) have named Simarjeet Singh as a replacement for the injured Arjun Tendulkar for the remaining of their 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament.
Arjun Tendulkar, who did not play a single match for MI in IPL 2021, was purchased at the auction for his base price of INR 20 lakh. The official website of MI informed that Simarjeet, a right-arm medium-fast bowler, has started training with the team after completing the compulsory quarantine as per IPL guidelines.
Simarjeet was one of the reserve bowlers during India’s tour of Sri Lanka in July this year. The 23-year-old has played 10 first-class matches, 19 List A games and 15 T20s in his career and has claimed a total of 74 wickets.
As for Arjun Tendulkar, the 22-year-old left-arm pacer has played just two T20 matches and has claimed two wickets so far. His father, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, is the mentor of the MI franchise.
Win over PBKS has given us lots of confidence to come back: Rohit Sharma
Meanwhile, MI registered a crucial win on Tuesday, defeating the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by six wickets in Abu Dhabi. MI had earlier faced defeats against Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore.
At the post-match presentation after the win over PBKS, MI skipper Rohit Sharma admitted that the performance will give them a lot of confidence. He said:
“We do agree that we didn’t play to our potential, but it’s a long tournament and we need to stick to our plans and reading the situations is very important and we can take a lot of confidence from that. It is important not to lose the guard.”
Rohit also lauded MI all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who found form with an unbeaten 40 off 30 balls.” The way he (Hardik) understood the situation was very crucial from a team’s perspective, it’s important for him to spend the time in the middle as he’s coming back from an injury,” added Rohit.
Rohit accepted that it was a tough call to leave out Ishan Kishan but appreciated his replacement Saurabh Tiwary, who contributed a crucial 45.
“It’s a tough call (on dropping Ishan Kishan). Saurabh (Tiwary) has played the perfect role today and he’s done well to nudge around in the middle overs. We are gonna back him (Ishan Kishan) as he’s a very important player for us,” Rohit asserted.
MI’s next matches days and time are mentioned below:
Date Match Time (IST) Venue
2 October, Saturday Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals 3:30 PM Sharjah 5 October, Tuesday Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians 7:30 PM Sharjah 8 October, Friday Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi