Hardik Pandya's appointment as vice-captain for T20 WC contested by Irfan Pathan: 'Bumrah wouldn't have been a bad choice' | Critical


Hardik Pandya's unfortunate story is well-documented in the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League. From breaking the hearts of Gujarat Titans fans to upsetting the Rohit Sharma faithful by taking over the captaincy reins, Pandya faced the wrath of jeering fans during IPL 2024. Became A staunch critic of Hardik, former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan recently targeted selectors for prioritizing the selection of the MI skipper.

Pathan questioned appointment of new Indian vice-captain for T20 World Cup (AFP-PTI)

Launch a new attack against Hardik after his return to the Indian side for the T20 World Cup, Pathan questioned the appointment of the new vice-captain. Even though Hardik struggled to revive MI's campaign in the IPL2024the versatile star was chosen as RohitThe T20 World Cup Deputy. Hardik was also the vice-captain of the Indian team in the 2023 World Cup. However, an ankle injury cut short his campaign in the ICC event last year.

“Hardik was captain but Rohit…”

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“Earlier, Hardik Pandya held the captaincy but Rohit Sharma took over for the T20 matches. After the T20 World Cup, there was a new plan; they were targeting a younger team with Pandya and Surya as potential captains. Yet, questions arise regarding the consistency of Pandya's performances and his commitment to Indian cricket. Regular participation in domestic cricket is essential to serve Indian cricket throughout the year. Injuries are inevitable, but good planning involving consistent match play, including domestic cricket, is vital for a player's return. But there is also that player who comes back from injury without fulfilling the same requirements,” Pathan said. Star sports.

Hardik escaped 'Kishan-Iyer' treatment

Ahead of IPL 2024, Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan were not given contract extensions for ignoring BCCI's directive to play in the Ranji Trophy. Pathan had then claimed that Hardik was not judged on the same parameters. All-rounder Hardik was drafted in the Grade A category when the BCCI revealed its annual list of central contracts. After recovering from an ankle injury while preparing for IPL 2024, Hardik made his return to competitive cricket in the DY Patil tournament.

“Whether you are Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli…”

“This shouldn't happen because it sends the wrong message to the rest of the team. When they see a player receiving special treatment, it disrupts the team environment. Cricket is not like tennis; it is a team sport where equality is vital. Every player must be treated fairly and equally. Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned player like Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli, cricket is all about a team sport. I have witnessed things in the past, particularly during the T20 World Cup last year, that went against the principles of Indian cricket: instances where certain players were given an unfair advantage, this which is unacceptable,” the former Indian all-rounder added.

Hardik's flop in IPL 2024

With Hardik taking over from Rohit at MI for IPL 2024, the five-time winners made a terrible start to the new season losing their first three matches. Hardik's MI team is ranked ninth in the IPL with six points from 10 matches. Despite failing with bat and ball in IPL 2024, Hardik was added to India's squad for the T20 World Cup. Instead of appointing Hardik as vice-captain, Irfan argued that the national selectors should have chosen ace Jasprit Bumrah as Rohit's deputy for the ICC event.

“Bumrah wouldn’t have been a bad choice either”

“To be successful in tournaments like the World Cup, it is imperative that every player is treated fairly and equitably. So, now coming back to your question about Hardik Pandya as vice-captain, I understand the rationale behind this due to the importance of continuity However, given the current performances, the selectors' choice for continuity may be understandable Yet, I think someone like Bumrah would not have been a bad one either. choice,” concluded Pathan.

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