Mumbai Indians star-all rounder Hardik Pandya had a scary moment on-field as he suffered a major injury scare last night during the match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. Hardik was nearly hit on the helmet in Jofra Archer over.
It was a jaw-dropping moment as Jofra Archer bowled a 152mph beamer during the match last night. Archer took his run-up to bowl to Hardik Pandya but the ball slipped out of his hand and the ball went towards Hardik’s head. Swiftly diving out of the way of the high full toss, Indian star all-rounder Hardik Pandya ended up on the floor nonetheless.
Hardik Pandya ducked immediately to avoid getting struck by the ball. In fact, because of the pace, the ball evaded wicket-keeper Jos Buttler as well and went away for five no balls. The ball sailed away to the boundary giving four runs to Mumbai Indians
While Hardik Pandya was still on the ground stunned by what just happened, Jofra Archer held his hands up straight away to acknowledge the slip-up, and Mumbai’s Hardik Pandya was all set to face the next ball.
Here, watch the video:
— Sayantika Biswas (@Innocent_sayo) October 6, 2020
However, this was the first ball of the 19th over, the rest of the over was just as eventful. On the fourth ball of the over, Suryakumar Yadav was hit on the head with a knuckle-ball bouncer. Suryakumar went down in the middle and was quickly provided a concussion check-up.
But later on, Suryakumar Yadav took the revenge on the very next ball as he scooped a scorching delivery from Jofra Archer for a six.
Meanwhile, Stuart Broad took to his twitter and defended Jofra Archer by claiming that no bowler would do something like this intentionally. He wrote:
“He’s played that brilliantly. I don’t think any bowler ever means these…”
Here, check out the Tweet:
He’s played that brilliantly. I don’t think any bowler ever means these… https://t.co/Kjje5wkSH0
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) October 6, 2020
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians are back to the top position in the points table of the ongoing 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. Riding on the performance of Suryakumar Yadav, who posted an unbeaten 79 runs in 47 balls, Mumbai Indians defeated Rajasthan Royals by 57 runs.