‘It needed better…’: Ravi Shastri on Mumbai Indians captaincy row | Cricket News

Apr3,2024



New Delhi: Former coach of India Ravi Shastri The controversy surrounding hardik pandyaAppointed as the captain of Mumbai Indians.
He suggested that fan backlash could have been prevented by clearer communication from the franchise. Speaking on Star Sports' 'Cricket Live Show', Shastri said, “It is not the Indian cricket team that is playing. It is franchise cricket. They have paid top dollar. They are the owners. It is their right to play. Who do they want Captain? Well, where I think it could have been handled better was with more clarity in communication.”

“If you want to make Hardik Pandya the captain, then say we are looking at the future. We are looking to build. Rohit has done a fantastic job, as everyone knows, and we want him to continue in the next three years.” Help Hardik. The team moves forward,” Shastri commented while advocating for a clearer communication strategy from Mumbai Indians.

Shastri advised Pandya to remain calm amid criticism and focus on delivering solid performances on the field. He expressed confidence that once Mumbai Indians starts winning matches, the negative talks will reduce.
Shastri addressed the rumors and speculations surrounding it, saying, “At the end of the day, nothing is more important than results. You win matches, and things will change… A lot of it has been blamed on other people, including My name is also included.” Team dynamics.
former australian cricketer Matthew Hayden Reiterated Shastri's sentiments, acknowledging fans' strong attachment Rohit Sharma, who served as MI captain for 11 years. Hayden suggested that the backlash could have been mitigated by including Rohit in the decision-making process.
Hayden commented, “Look the fans are the biggest stakeholders in this and they often don't have the politics, the insight, but they want to understand it, they love Rohit Sharma. There's no way around it.” Fans' affection towards Rohit.
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Hayden stressed that it was too early to assess Pandya's leadership based on just three matches and urged not to draw conclusions about his performances and team dynamics. He underlined the importance of considering the broader context and giving Pandya more time to settle into his new role.
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MI is scheduled to play its next match against Delhi Capitals on April 7 at the Wankhede Stadium.
(Inputs from PTI)



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