Mumbai Indians took the field against Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on Friday without their captain Rohit Sharma. In his stead, allrounder Kerion Pollard is leading the defending IPL champions. Also Read - Shah Rukh Khan Buys Team in USA Cricket League, Names it LA Knight Riders

Rohit has sat out the high-profile match due to a hamstring injury he suffered during MI’s last match against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. Also Read - 2nd ODI: Fans Miss Rohit Sharma After India Lose Consecutive Matches Against Australia at SCG

In a statement issued before the CSK game, Mumbai Indians said, “Rohit Sharma has suffered left leg hamstring strain during Mumbai Indians’ last outing.” Also Read - Aus vs Ind | Rohit Sharma Should Lead India in Virat Kohli's Absence: Michael Clarke

“Rohit has made good progress over last four days, while the management is taking one day at a time monitoring the recovery process in consultancy with BCCI,” the statement added.

Pollard has taken over the leadership duties from Rohit.

“Rohit has been advised rest for the match against CSK. Kieron Pollard will lead the team tonight,” the statement said.

MI have won six of their nine matches so far and are on course to making the IPL playoffs.

“We want to qualify to the playoffs first and we still have to come out and play good cricket,” stand-in captain Pollard said during the toss after opting to bowl first.

“We have spoken about areas we need it improve and we want to execute them in the middle tonight. Rohit is struggling with his left hamstring and hopefully he will be fit soon and take the captaincy,” he added.

In place of Rohit, left-hander Saurabh Tiwary has made the playing XI.

After tonight’s match, MI will next play Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.