Hardik Pandya’s captaincy is ‘ordinary to say the least’: Irfan Pathan, shreds star’s poor batting after SRH smashes 277


Hardik Pandya's captaincy is 'ordinary to say the least': Irfan Pathan, shreds star's poor batting after SRH smashes 277

IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya during SRH vs MI match.©AFP

The extraordinary capitulation of the Mumbai Indians, under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, against SunRisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, will be remembered for a long time. SRH pulled out all the stops to smash 277/3 in 20 overs – the highest ever score in the 17-year history of the IPL – as MI bowlers looked absolutely helpless. Although the MI batters tried to fight back, it was not enough to surpass such a huge total. For Hardik Pandya, who took over as MI captain Rohit Sharmait was the second consecutive defeat.

Hardik Pandya’s captaincy questioned by former Indian cricket team star Irfan Pathan. Despite Jasprit Bumrah being in their ranks, Pandya brought in the star bowler late. This decision angered Pathan.

“Hardik Pandya’s captaincy has been ordinary to say the least. Keeping Bumrah on the sidelines for too long while the carnage was underway was beyond my comprehension,” Pathan wrote on X.

“Who would have thought a record IPL score would be against MI. Crazy shots from SRH. #SRHvMI,” he wrote in another post.

Pathan also searched Pandya’s stick. Continuing, MI made 246/5 ​​in 20 overs. Pandya scored 24 off 20 balls. “If the whole team plays with a strike rate of 200, the captain cannot bat with a strike rate of 120,” he wrote.

Talking about the match, records were falling left, right and center as Sunrisers Hyderabad smashed 277 for three, the highest total in IPL history, to leave Mumbai Indians reeling Wednesday. Travis head (62 out of 24) and Abhishek Sharma (63 off 23) produced a sensational display of power hitting, which saw the latter snatch the franchise record for fastest fifty from the Australian in a matter of minutes.

Heinrich Klaasen (80 not out off 34 balls) finally provided the fireworks to help SRH break an 11-year-old record. The previous highest total in IPL was 263 for five made by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013.

It rained fours and sixes throughout the innings as Head and Sharma toyed with the Mumbai Indians attack.

Head, who was surprisingly left out of the XI for the opening match, cemented his status as one of the most dangerous hitters in the game with a lightning effort.

He broke David WarnerThe fastest 50-ball record by an SRH batter with an 18-ball half-century before Sharma surpassed Head’s feat 20 balls later by reaching the milestone in 16 balls.

Head, who was abandoned by his compatriot Tim David early in his innings, opened his leg-before and hit boundaries at will, collecting nine fours and three sixes in total.

The left-hander completed his fifty with an inside four in the middle before sending down a bouncer from Gerald Coetzee for a midwicket six over a deep one, prompting opposition skipper Hardik Pandya to recognize the Australian’s brutal assault.

When Head departed, Sharma went hammer and tongs, mainly targeting the cow corner region for his seven sixes and three boundaries.

It was a nightmare start to the IPL for the 17-year-old South African pacer. You are the catswho made it to the Mumbai Indians team thanks to his exploits in the U-19 World Cup.

He leaked as many as 66 runs in his four overs. The left-arm pacer could not recover from Head’s onslaught in his second over in which he conceded 22 runs.

With the majority of Mumbai bowlers taken to the cleaners, it was surprising that Mumbai Indians skipper Pandya waited until the 13th over to give Jasprit Bumrah his second.

After Sharma’s dismissal, the in-form Klaasen ensured that SRH’s six-hit streak did not end. Klaasen ended up with seven sixes with the maximum coming off a bouncer from Bumrah standing out.

Klaasen had almost taken SRH across the finishing line with his breathtaking knock against KKR at Eden Gardens.

Former captain Aiden Markram chipped in 42 balls out of 28.

With PTI inputs

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