'All good things must end': Hardik Pandya hints he may not return to Mumbai Indians next year for IPL 2022

  • Pandya was released by the Mumbai Indians ahead of the mega auction for IPL 2022.
Hardik Pandya plays a shot during the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.(PTI)
Hardik Pandya plays a shot during the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.(PTI)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 07:49 PM IST
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Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was on Wednesday released by the Mumbai Indians ahead of the mega auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League. Pandya made his IPL debut with MI in 2015 and had represented the franchise since, making his name as one of the most destructive all-rounders in world cricket.

However, the 2021 edition of the tournament has been rough for Pandya. The Baroda cricketer, due to the inability to bowl for a longer duration due to his injury, largely played as a batter in the side. His injury further significantly hampered his batting during the death overs, as he batted at a strike rate of only 113.39, scoring 127 runs in 12 appearances.

As Pandya was released from the Mumbai Indians, he posted an emotional video montage on his time at the franchise. Pandya is a four-time IPL champion with MI, winning the tournament in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

“I’ll carry these memories with me for the rest of my life, I’ll carry these moments with me for the rest of my life ,” Pandya wrote as he shared the video.

"The friendships I’ve made, the bonds that have been formed, the people, the fans, I’ll always be grateful. I’ve grown not just as a player but as a person. I came here as a youngster with big dreams - we won together, we lost together, we fought together. Every moment with this team has a special place in my heart. 

“They say all good things must end but @mumbaiindians will remain in my heart forever.”

Along with Hardik, his elder brother Krunal Pandya was also released by the franchise. The four retained players of the side included captain Rohit Sharma, along with India's Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav, while West Indies' Kieron Pollard was the sole overseas player to be retained. 

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