‘They are finding flaws in your leadership and decisions’: Hardik Pandya sends strong warning to captaincy

"They discover flaws in your leadership and decisions": Hardik Pandya sent a strong captain's warning

Tom Moody has warned Hardik Pandya that captaincy becomes tricky when you start losing matches.© X (Twitter)

Hardik Pandya is all set to lead Mumbai Indians in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting Friday, March 22. Hardik replaced Rohit Sharma as captain of the franchise after MI traded him from Gujarat Titans ahead of the IPL 2024 player auction. The 30-year-old led GT to IPL glory in its debut season in 2022 , then guided them to the final last season where they lost to Chennai Super Kings (CSK). While MI’s decision to remove Rohit as captain sparked huge reactions from fans, the former Australian batsman Tom Moody called Hardik a proven ‘achiever’ and said the all-rounder would get support from his teammates in the upcoming season.

“He has a team that will support and remove the pressure of inconsistent performances. He will have the support of Indian and foreign players because he is a well-respected cricketer and all-rounder,” Moody said. ESPNcricinfo.

However, Moody warned Hardik that captaincy gets tricky when you start losing matches, adding that people will start pointing out flaws in decision-making.

“But captaincy can be a completely different game once you lose two or three games and all of a sudden they notice flaws in your leadership, they notice flaws in the decisions you make,” he said. added the former SRH head coach.

While suggesting that Hardik has proven himself as a captain in the past, Moody reiterated that support from his teammates will be key.

“When you win, you can make the craziest decisions and people turn them into strokes of genius. Hardik has the credentials as a leader of the Gujarat Titans, he is tactically sound and he will be supported by all the senior players, both Indian and overseas,” he said.

In his first match as MI captain, Hardik will face his former team GT on Sunday, March 24.

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