“Sensible Move Would’ve Been…”: England Great On Hardik Pandya vs Rohit Sharma MI Captaincy Row


Hardik Pandya's first season as Mumbai Indians (MI) captain has been no less than a soap opera. The all-rounder replaced long-serving Rohit Sharma as the franchise captain ahead of the IPL 2024 player auction. However, fans are not happy with the leadership change at MI. The crowd has made its presence felt by booing Hardik during the matches so far this season. Former England captain Michael Vaughan shared his views on fans criticizing Hardik.

Since Hardik has played two seasons for Gujarat Titans, Vaughan admitted that he understood the hostility of the Ahmedabad crowd in MI's first game at the Narendra Modi Stadium this season.

However, Vaughan expressed shock at the treatment Hardik received in Hyderabad as well as at Wankhede

“I don't understand the booing. I understood it in the first game itself in Gujarat, because he played for them for two years and did not perform well as a captain. But then when he went to Hyderabad, I said , 'What's going on.' Then when he came back to Wankhede, his own home support was harassing him, I didn't understand it,” Vaughan said on the BeerBiceps Podcast.

Vaughan urged fans to support Hardik as India will need him to be fit and active for the T20 World Cup.

“Indian cricket fans need to understand that Mumbai Indians are Indian fans and they need Hardik Pandya for India to win the T20 World Cup. They need Hardik Pandya to play well. So somehow, the next few weeks “Me, they need them.” Take that confidence to the top level, because with India having Hardik, they have got a big chance to lift the trophy,'' he said.

Speaking further on the MI captaincy drama, Vaughan suggested that Rohit should have been the captain of the franchise.

“I personally would have captained Rohit. Hardik coming back to MI is a huge pressure in itself, and Rohit is obviously going to be the Indian T20 captain. The wise move would be for Rohit to become MI captain along with Hardik Stay.” Think ahead for the next year or two,” Vaughn explained.

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