GT vs MI Live Score, IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya begins high-profile Mumbai Indians captaincy stint against former team Gujarat Titans

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Times of India | March 24, 2024, 16:58:35 IST

GT vs MI Live Score, IPL 2024: The blend of style and substance is what makes Hardik Pandya different from other cricketers of his generation. Neatly spiky hair, designer clothes and a chiseled body coupled with a smart cricketing mind have catapulted him to cricketing wealth in India, making him fast as the boy whose family once lived Struggles to do so and continues to remain in the headlines.

On Sunday in Ahmedabad, all eyes will once again be on Pandya, who had brilliantly led Gujarat Titans in the last two IPL seasons. However, this time for a different reason.

Having transferred allegiance to Mumbai Indians in a much-publicised trade, Pandya will be under scrutiny as he leads the five-time champions against his former team.

He should lead the Mumbai Indians team, which also includes former franchise captain and national team captain Rohit Sharma, which adds intrigue to the IPL soap opera.

Another subplot is that Pandya will lead his team against the Titans, the team he has captained admirably in the last two seasons.

GT is now led by Shubman Gill, who himself is an exciting prospect. In fact, the Titans' batting corps looks similar to the last two seasons.

However, with fast bowler Mohammed Shami out, the bowling looks weak. The responsibility will be on the Afghan spin pair of Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma and Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed.

As far as Mumbai are concerned, starting strong has never been Mumbai's forte, an anomaly they would like to correct. Rohit Sharma will look to score some runs before the T20 World Cup in June. Another batsman with a point to prove is Ishan Kishan. Due to Suryakumar Yadav not playing, Pandya, Nehal Wadhera, Tilak Verma, Tim David and Dewald Brewis will have to take additional responsibility in the middle order.

The prospect of seeing Jasprit Bumrah, who recently took a hat-trick against Bangladesh, and Sri Lankan fast bowler Nuwan Thushara working together is fascinating.
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