Sanjay Manjrekar’s ‘behave’ remark brings out decade-old tweet by Jofra Archer after crowd hostility towards Hardik | Cricket

Hardik Pandya was booed vehemently when former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar introduced the star all-rounder as the Mumbai Indians (MI) franchise leader during Tuesday’s toss. Arriving at the toss for the 14th day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, Hardik received a hostile reception from Mumbai Indians fans in their first home match of the new season against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Wankhede Stadium.

After Sanjay Manjrekar extended his support to Hardik Pandya, an old post by Jofra Archer became an instant hit on social media (AFP-BCCI-Getty Images)

While completing the formality of drawing lots at the famous venue, Manjrekar urged criticism of Hardik behave and respect the MI skipper. “Two captains with me – Hardik Pandaone, captain of the Mumbai Indiansa round of applause, ladies and gentlemen,” Manjrekar said. “Behave well,” the popular commentator added after Hardik received a thumbs-down from the packed Wankhede. After Manjrekar’s recent remark sparked huge debate on social media, decade-old tweet from England Jofra Archer caught the attention of fans.

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For the uninitiated, Archer is known for his ability to ‘predict’ the future, as his old tweets have often found a way to confuse cricket fans on the internet. Archer was released by Mumbai Indians ahead of last year’s IPL auction. The English speedster has represented Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians in the cash-rich league. The 29-year-old has played 40 matches in the IPL.

Talking about Hardik, the new MI skipper has been facing the wrath of fans ever since he took over from Rohit Sharma at Wankhede. On an all-cash deal, Hardik joined MI from Gujarat Titans and replaced Rohit as captain ahead of the new season. Rohit guided MI to five IPL crowns, while Hardik last won the famous trophy as GT captain in IPL 2022. Hardik was booed incessantly during his comeback match yesterday.

Hardik scored 34 off 21 balls for MI against RR as the hosts posted a below-par total of 125-9 in 20 overs. Sanju Samson’s RR chased down the total in 15.3 overs to hand Hardik’s MI team their third consecutive defeat in the IPL. “If there’s one thing you should know about this team, we never give up. We will keep fighting, we will keep going,” Hardik said after the match.

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