IPL 2024: Will it be happy homecoming for Mumbai Indians and Hardik Pandya? | Cricket News


Mumbai: About 22 years ago, a horrifying incident shook the sports world. When Luis Figo came to Barcelona's famous Camp Nou to take a corner kick in an El Clasico match in the jersey of his arch-rivals Real Madrid, a severed pig's head was thrown at him.
The severed skull placed near Figo's feet reflects the extreme hatred that fans of the Catalan team have developed for the former Portuguese captain, who was snapped up as the 'Galactico' two years ago on a handsome salary of £44 million.
Although things are unlikely to go to that level here at the Wankhede on Monday night, there may be resentment in the hearts of ardent Mumbai Indians fans. hardik pandya being replaced Rohit Sharma In one of the most awaited IPL matches, they faced defeat against Rajasthan Royals.
After being abused and heckled on the field and trolled on social media since replacing Rohit, who led MI to a record five titles, Pandya is set to play the toughest match of his career. And what makes it even worse for the India all-rounder is that despite Pandya taking over the captaincy, Mumbai Indians have had their trademark slow start, losing both their games so far before losing to Gujarat Titans by six runs, following which Had to face defeat by 32 runs. For Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad.
Some decisions of Pandya, like opening the bowling himself and holding himself back Jasprit Bumrah In the powerplay, he came in to bat late at number seven when the target was becoming difficult against GT, giving South Africa's 17-year-old left-arm fast bowler Kwena Mafaka his IPL debut, who made four innings as SRH batted. Was out after scoring 0-66 runs in the overs. Tore it, caught fire. Despite the barrage of negativity around him over the past month or so, Pandya has, as Steve Smith advised him, “shut out the outside noise” and is calm. “Whatever is seen on social media does not matter to him because for some time now he has completely avoided it. He also wants his team to focus on cricket and not worry about being criticized in the stadium. times of India,
A match-winning performance with bat or ball or both, will help Pandya win back the love of his fans.
It remains to be seen whether MI persist with Mafaka or bring back English left-arm fast bowler Luke Wood. Will they give Sri Lankan import Nuwan Thushara an IPL debut? Also, has Mumbai left-arm spinner Shams Mulani finally got match time for Mumbai Indians, will he come to the party on his home ground?
To get MI back to winning ways, it is important that Rohit and Ishan Kishan Rediscover their mojo. As he has done in the last few IPL seasons, Rohit, who scored 43 runs in 29 balls vs GT and 26 runs in 12 balls vs SRH, is showing a tendency to lose his wicket after the initial burst.
For someone who can be sensitive to left-arm pace initially, Rohit needs to be careful when playing with RR's left-arm pacemen. trent bolt And new recruit Nandre Berger, who has been impressive.

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