Hardik Pandya in Wankhede: Mumbai Police deploys plainclothes cops behind MI shelter as precaution | IPL News

Hardik Pandya booed: Mumbai Police deployed plainclothes policemen at the MCA pavilion, where Mumbai Indians are located, as a precautionary measure on Monday ahead of the match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede.

The crowd, who cheered the former skipper Rohit Sharma and I screamed ‘Mumbai Ka Raja Kaun? Rohit Sharma’, Pandya had booed when he entered Wankhede to warm up before the start of the toss.

“For this match, there are plainclothes cops behind the Mumbai Indians dig. They are in the stands with the supporters. In total, around 3,000 police officers were deployed for this purpose. initial loading game,” said an MCA official.

And when Pandya arrived with Mumbai reeling at 20 for 4 in the fourth over, there was silence. No boos. Not much kudos either. Then the penny dropped when the stadium announcer first involved the old Mumbai chant: Ganpati bappa Mourya. The crowd repeated it.

By then, Pandya had taken a stand and that’s when the announcer shouted his name. Then came the boos, starting from the square leg region and the loud jeers spread.

It only took him four bullets to put them on his side. At least for now. He charged Burger in the 6th and scored four runs. And as the ball went over the boundary, cheers erupted. On the next ball, the commotion became increasingly audible as he rushed down the track to slap a back ball into the offside. This time the flags flew and the lungs cleared. A few balls later, they stood to cheer on Hardik as he hit one to the long-on boundary. Now most of them were on their feet as Burger ran for the last ball, and Pandya cut it from the outside edge to third man. Two races in and the crowd cheered like it was a boundary.

Earlier, Pandya was booed by fans as soon as his name was called before the toss, leading Sanjay Manjrekar, who conducted the toss, to appeal to the crowd to “behave”.

MID captain Hardik Pandya. Big applause, ladies and gentlemen. Behave well,” Manjrekar said as fans booed the captain in something that has become a regular phenomenon this Indian Premier League season. There were also loud chants for former skipper Rohit Sharma.

“It’s really exciting to be a part of this game. We always look forward to the future, we have to follow the process. I am looking forward to playing a brand of cricket that everyone loves,” said Pandya, who on the surface looked confident, after losing the toss.

Hardik has already been booed at two venues during the first two matches of IPL 2024 in Mumbai. Gujarat Titans‘fans at Narendra Modi Stadium at Ahmedabadwhich was expected since Hardik had left the franchise to return to Mumbai after leading them to the title in the first season.

However, Hardik also received the fans’ stick during the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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