“Hardik Pandya Has Been Left Alone”: Ex-India Star Blasts ‘Big Personalities’ In Mumbai Indians

Apr3,2024



Former Indian cricket team spinner Harbhajan Singh expressed his anger at Mumbai Indians players for not accepting Hardik Pandya as their captain in IPL 2024. Hardik replaced Rohit Sharma as MI captain ahead of the new season, but under his leadership, the team has slipped to three consecutive defeats. After the defeat against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday, Hardik was seen sitting alone in the dugout – a picture which angered Harbhajan. The former cricketer said that Hardik has been left alone and the condition of the team and the captaincy decision are not looking good.

“The views don't look good. He has been left alone. The players of the franchise should accept him as their captain. The decision has been taken and the team should remain united. The situation is not looking good after playing for this franchise,” Harbhajan said on Star Sports after the match.

Former MI star Ambati Rayudu, who was part of the discussion panel, asked whether team members were motivating Hardik to get “confused” and “not work independently”. Harbhajan responded that it seemed the “big personalities in the dressing room” were not allowing Hardik to work freely as captain.

“I don't know if it's intentional or unintentional but there are a lot of people in the team who are confusing him. The big personalities in the dressing room are not allowing him to work independently as a captain. This is not a good situation for any captain.”

Meanwhile, former India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu believes that if BCCI had made Rohit Sharma the captain of Mumbai Indians for the T20 World Cup last year itself, then Hardik Pandya would not have been replaced by him.

Rohit was named captain of India's yet-to-be-announced T20 World Cup squad by BCCI secretary Jay Shah at an event in Ahmedabad in February this year, two months after Pandya was appointed as the MI captain in his place.

“If the BCCI had made Rohit the captain for the T20 World Cup in October, the franchise would not have chosen Hardik as the captain. It is a matter of respect for the franchise. So, the real issue here is timing.” Star Sports Press Room'.

Pandya has been facing hostility from fans in the ongoing IPL, having been criticized in all three matches so far, including the match at MI's home ground Wankhede, which they have lost.

Sidhu said that the reaction of the fans is quite understandable as Rohit is a much-loved cricketer.

“Nobody can digest the fact that the hero of India, the captain of India, is not the captain of our franchise. 'What has he done wrong?' That's what fans of the franchise might be thinking. But what does he have to do? “There's nothing more important than success. If they had won both these matches, there would have been no noise,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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