Hardik Pandya reacts to Rohit Sharma’s massive fan backlash over Mumbai Indians captaincy in IPL 2024 | Cricket

Hardik Pandya referred to Mumbai Indians last year, and also replaced Rohit Sharma as captain. The decision by the MI management sent shockwaves across the country and the all-rounder also received a lot of backlash from the Indian captain’s fans.

Hardik Pandya responded to the backlash he received. (PTI)

MI released Hardik ahead of the 2022 season and was bought by Gujarat Titans, who also made him captain. He led GT to the title in its first IPL season, followed by a runner-up finish in 2023.

Hardik Pandya responds to backlash

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During the pre-season press conference, a journalist asked Hardik how he was handling the backlash over the captaincy change. “To be honest, I respect the fans and everything, but at the same time we focus on the sport and I focus on what is required,” he replied.

“I control what is controllable, I don’t focus on what I can’t control and at the same time we are grateful to the fans because a lot of love, fame and name comes from them. They have every right to express themselves and we respect their opinion, I’m very excited and I’m going to focus more on that.

“It won’t be any different because he will always be there to help me if I need his help. At the same time, the fact that he (Rohit) is the Indian captain helps me because this team has reached its full potential. glory to his credit. “From now on, I will simply continue what he started. I know he will have his hand on my shoulder throughout the season,” he added.

IPL 2024 will begin on Friday as defending champions Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the season opener. Meanwhile, MI will open their campaign against Gujarat Titans on Sunday.

Last season, MI finished in fourth position. After beating Lucknow Super Giants in the playoffs, they lost to GT and did not reach the final. But this time with Hardik in the team, the five-time champions will be aiming for a record sixth trophy.

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