IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma rested vs KXIP, Kieron Pollard to lead Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was rested as a precautionary measure against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. Kieron Pollard led MI against Kings XI Punjab after Rohit Sharma was ruled out with a right leg muscle spasm.

Rohit Sharma has played 178 matches in the Indian Premier League and has scored 4611 runs including 1 hundred and 34 fifties.

However, in the 2019 Indian Premier League, Rohit has only managed to score 118 runs from 5 matches and is yet to hit a fifty.

On Tuesday, Rohit Sharma gave Mumbai Indians and India a major injury scare when he limped out of MI’s practice session. Rohit is key for MI in the IPL and he is expected to play a big role for India in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

There had been a slight injury scare around Jasprit Bumrah earlier in the season but he was declared fit soon after.

On the eve of Mumbai Indians’ match against Kings XI Punjab, Rohit Sharma appeared to pull his muscle and lay on the ground and looked in pain. However, he walked up the steps after receiving immediate medical attention.

Kieron Pollard said Rohit Sharma was rested against KXIP only as a precautionary measure. After tonight’s clash, Mumbai Indians will host Rajasthan Royals on April 13 and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 15 before travelling to Delhi for their match against Delhi Capitals on April 18.

Rohit Sharma was replaced by Siddhesh Lad who has been with Mumbai Indians since 2015 but had never got a game before. The 26-year-old Siddhesh Lad has scored heavily in first-class cricket. From 49 matches, Lad has scored 3592 runs including 8 hundreds.

Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (captain), Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah

Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, K.L. Rahul (wicketkeeper), Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Sam Curran, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami

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