'There's one thing you should know...': Hardik Pandya ends long silence amid criticism on MI's disastrous IPL 2024 start | Cricket - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

'There's one thing you should know...': Hardik Pandya ends long silence amid criticism on MI's disastrous IPL 2024 start

Apr 02, 2024 01:01 PM IST

Amid the criticism on his captaincy and the boos from the spectators, MI skipper Hardik Pandya broke his silence on X

Hardik Pandya on Tuesday broke his silence amid the criticism on his captaincy and the boos from the spectators after Mumbai Indians recorded a disastrous start to the 2024 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), losing all their first three matches. Hardik's comment came after Mumbai lost their first game at home this season, against Rajasthan Royals by six wickets to languish to the bottom of the points table.

Mumbai Indians' captain Hardik Pandya walks back to the pavilion after being dismissed(ANI)
Mumbai Indians' captain Hardik Pandya walks back to the pavilion after being dismissed(ANI)

Mumbai kicked off their campaign against Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad, which marked the homecoming for Hardik for the first time since he was traded for the 2022 champion side to MI last November. The five-time winners lost by six runs in the thriller at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

HT launches Crick-it, a one stop destination to catch Cricket, anytime, anywhere. Explore now!

ALSO READ: Hardik Pandya sits alone in dugout as rest of the MI players walk out of Wankhede after crushing IPL 2024 defeat to RR

In their second game, Mumbai were smashed for a record 277 runs by Sunrisers Hyderabad, where three batters - Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma and Heinrich Klaasen notched up their respective fifties. The visitors at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium did threaten to chase down the target, but the disciplined bowling from the SRH attack in the death overs, Mumbai were restricted to 246 for five.

On Monday, in Mumbai's first game at home, the hosts put on a horrid batting show before Riyan Parag single-handedly chased down the target with his unbeaten 54 as Rajasthan wrapped up the match with 27 balls to spare.

ALSO READ: 'Hardik Pandya won’t earn his team’s respect...': Irfan Pathan attacks MI captain in series of tweets amid RR loss

While Hardik's captaincy, pertaining to the team combination and the use of Jasprit Bumrah in the powerplay, has been criticised, the all-rounder has been subject to harsh treatment from the crowd at all the three venues MI played. Making their voices heard on the shocking decision made by the franchise, of removing Rohit Sharma from captaincy last December, Hardik was jeered at and booed in each of the three matches.

Amid the criticism, Hardik broke his silence on X, previously known as Twitter, saying: “If there's one thing you should know about this team, we never give up. We'll keep fighting, we'll keep going.”

Despite what the critics may say, this is still not Mumbai's worst start to an IPL season. Back in 2015, under Rohit, MI lost all their first four matches, but bounced back strongly to win the title.

What next for Mumbai Indians?

Mumbai Indians will next face Delhi Capitals at home on Sunday, April 7.

IPL 2024
Are you a cricket buff? Participate in the HT Cricket Quiz daily and stand a chance to win an iPhone 15 & Boat Smartwatch. Click here to participate now.

Stay updated with the latest Cricket News, IPL Live Score, GT vs DC Live Score and get exclusive insights with the IPL Match Today, IPL Points Table match highlights, and more. Explore a comprehensive Cricket Schedule, track the race for the Purple Cap and IPL Orange Cap in IPL 2024, check Virat Kohli performance and stay ahead with all the cricket-related updates on the Hindustan Times website and app.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    At HT Sports Desk, passionate reporters work round the clock to provide detailed updates from the world of sports. Expect nuanced match reports, previews,reviews, technical analysis based on statistics, the latest social media trends, expert opinions on cricket, football, tennis, badminton, hockey,motorsports, wrestling, boxing, shooting, athletics and much more.

SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, April 18, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On