Rohit Sharma’s message for fans booing Hardik Pandya amid captaincy row. Watch

Watch: Rohit Sharma's message for fans booing Hardik Pandya amid captaincy row

IPL 2024: Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya during MI vs RR match.©Twitter

Another day in the IPL for Mumbai Indians, and yet again Hardik Pandya felt the anger of the crowd. Since he replaced Rohit Sharma As MI skipper, Pandya received an unprecedented amount of hatred on social media and on the field. This time it happened at the Wankhede Stadium, home of MI. Fans started booing the Mumbai Indians skipper as he came out for the toss during their IPL match against Rajasthan Royals on Monday, even as chants of “Rohit… Rohit” echoed in the Wankhede stadium.

But, with bat in hand, Pandya managed to get the crowd on his side, quickly turning the jeers into cheers with half a dozen boundaries during a 21-ball 34, which took his team to 20/ 4 at 76/5 in the match. 10th, when his entertaining shot ended.

In fact, the cheers all over the field were as loud as any when Pandya smashed his first four, far from the hostile reception of the evening.

However, Mumbai Indians lost the match by six wickets after being restricted to 125/9. Pandya, 29, who replaced Rohit as Mumbai Indians captain ahead of the tournament, has already been subjected to public anger over the franchise’s leadership decision in the previous two away matches. the team in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.

Pandya was booed by some of the crowd before the toss as he walked around the field as a warm-up exercise.

The flamboyant all-rounder was then booed again when his name was announced at the time of the toss, to which Pandya only smiled as loud chants in support of former Mumbai skipper Rohit filled the room.

The taunts continued as Pandya started speaking after losing the toss to the Rajasthan Royals skipper. Sanju Samsonforcing the presenter Sanjay Manjrekar asking the crowd to “behave”.

At that very moment, Rohit, in his practice kit, was meeting his former teammate Harbhajan Singh who was on the field as one of the commentators in the pre-match show.

As if the incessant booing wasn’t enough, Pandya once again found himself on the receiving end of crowd discontent, especially from the audience. Sachin Tendulkar standing when he came out to bat with his side reeling at 20/4 in the fourth over.

Later, a video surfaced in which Rohit appeared to ask the crowd to stop booing his successor.

“The day Hardik wins a match for MI by contributing big, he will enter the Wankhede to a hero’s welcome! Wankhede will soon sing ‘Navratri maa Daandiya, Wankhede maa Pandya’,” said Nish Navalkar, member of the ‘Northern Stand Gang ‘ in this emblematic place.

Moreover, according to authorities, fans were only allowed to enter the stadium after their banners were confiscated due to an Election Commission directive given to the Mumbai police.

However, there was an element of miscommunication as well as misinterpretation since the directive banned political banners, but fans complained on social media about the removal of all banners.

There were nevertheless a few supporters who were able to display their banners inside.

With PTI inputs

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