first_imgGiving an update on Lasith Malinga, he said the Sri Giving an update on Lasith Malinga, he said the Sri Lankan pacer whos down with injury would not be available for a few weeks. “Malinga is not going to be available for the next few weeks. We have to see his fitness. He will definitely not play tomorrows game. We are keeping a track on him. We are seeing how he is progressing with his injury.” But at the same time, he added its a fantastic opportunity for Jasprit Bumrah. “Bumrah has evolved as a cricketer in the last couple of months. When we were in Australia, he bowled pretty well and carried that performance in Asia Cup and in World T20. He is more mature now as a bowler and he knows what is expected of him. “He is much stronger and fitter than what he was last year. We have a lot of expectations from him but at the same time as a group we dont want to put too much pressure on him. He is still young who is trying to make a mark in international cricket. He is also trying his best to become a better cricketer.” The captain also backed his big-hitting West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard whos returned from an injury layoff but only to score one from eight balls in the last game. “He (Pollard) needs to be judged after the first half of the tournament. He looks fit and wants to go out and express himself. He could not do that in the last game but a player like him cannot be written off after one game. He is a match-winner for us and he has proved it over the years. It will be no different this year,” Rohit said. “He is raring to go and there is no doubt about it. Even a couple of years back he had the same injury with his knee. It was his left knee that time and this time it is his right. It is always tough when you come back from an injury. “You always want to get out on the field and get a feel of it but that is never going to be easy. But he joined the team a week before and trained. He is looking good and you cannot actually judge a player like him after one game.” PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img

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