The reason behind MI's purported reluctance to retain Hardik is purely cricketing as he is no longer the feared all-rounder that he used to be two years back.
Big names don't live up to their reputation, leading to the ouster of the defending champions from the group stage this IPL season.
Suryakumar Yadav has already said that he is looking forward to the upcoming T20 World Cup and his process and routine will remain the same.
Suryakumar, Ishan Kishan throw kitchen sink to help MI post their best IPL score but SRH ensure KKR qualification
After missing the bus for playoffs, Mumbai reduced Hyderabad from 64/0 in five overs to 100/4 in 9.1 overs. Eventually, Hyderabad ended at 193/8 chasing a target of 235 runs.
IPL 2021, MI vs SRH preview: With an eye on play-offs spot, Mumbai face Hyderabad in 'must win' game
Courtesy their eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals, the defending champions are currently at the fifth spot, with 12 points from 13 games, with a net run rate of -0.048.
Coulter-Nile (4-0-14-4) was effective with his change-ups and hitting the hard-lengths more often than not en route one of his best IPL spells.
Mumbai Indians, who are currently in the seventh position in the points table, face Rajasthan Royals -- placed just one place above them, on Tuesday evening in Sharjah.
The wrinkles on Rohit Sharma's forehead and the grumpy look on his face are telling a tale that is unheard of in the MI contingent till now.
Shreyas Iyer played an unbeaten inning of 33 as Delhi Capitals chased down a target of 130 with four wickets in hand and five balls to spare.
This is the seventh loss in 12 matches this season for the five-time champions MI and their chances of qualifying for play-offs are fast fading away.
The defending champions lost by four wickets against DC to stay in sixth place and they now need not only win their remaining two games but also hope for favourable results from other matches.
The five-time champions could only manage a modest 129/8 which Delhi Capitals chased down for a four-wicket win.
Leaving Suryakumar, none of the MI batsmen could cross 20-run mark as Axar Patel got 3/21 and pacer Avesh Khan had best figures of 3/15.
The Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals made one change to their XI, with a fit-again Prthvi Shaw coming in place of off-spinner Lalit Yadav.
On Friday, Mahela Jayawardene had said Hardik might struggle with the bat if he pushes too hard to bowl in the ongoing IPL.