IPL 2024, SRH vs MI: Things turn as Rohit Sharma tells captain Hardik Pandya to field deep, days after viral video

The roles have reversed and how quickly! Days after a video of Hardik Pandya ordering his former Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma to field deep in their IPL 2024 opener against Gujarat Titans, the new skipper listened the latter’s fielding instructions as pressure mounted on the five-time champions in Hyderabad. on Wednesday March 27. Rohit had to step in and help Hardik with the on-field changes as SunRisers Hyderabad embarked on a six-hit streak, smashing 277, the highest ever total in the history of the Indian Premier League.

Hardik Pandya received a lot of criticism from a section of fans on social media after the video of him ordering Rohit Sharma to “go back” and go to the boundary line on Saturday went viral. Hardik was criticized for what apparently seemed like a “not so humble” gesture towards his former captain.

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On Wednesday, Rohit Sharma, between overs, lent a shoulder to rely on Hardik Pandya and, in turn, had to ask his new captain, one of the team’s best fielders, to field from deep .

None of these on-field changes, led by Rohit and Hardik, worked as the SunRisers sent them flying into the stands of the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. A total of 18 six 19 boundaries were hit. SunRisers broke Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s 11-year-old record for the highest ever IPL total. – 263.

World Cup final hero Travis Head once again tormented a team in blue by hitting an 18-ball fifty and finally finishing with a 24-ball 62. Youngster Abhishek Sharma went again further by breaking the record for the fastest. fifty for the 2016 IPL champions, getting there in just 16 balls.

SunRisers scored 148 runs in the first 10 overs, the highest total ever in the said overs quota in IPL. The carnage didn’t stop there as Heinrich Klaasen, arguably the best hitter in T20 cricket at present, hit 80 not out from 34 balls, smashing 7 sixes in the process.

It was a tough night for Hardik Pandya, the captain, as his decision to hold back their best bowler Jasprit Bumrah backfired. Bumrah entered to bowl his first over only in the 4th over, when SunRisers had posted 40 on the board.

Bumrah returned to play another one only after the end of the 12th over. SunRisers had then scored 173 points, leaving fans and pundits perplexed.

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Akshay Ramesh

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March 27, 2024

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