Under Fire Skipper Hardik Pandya delivers rousing speech amid MI’s dismal show in IPL 2024. Watch

Watch: Under Fire skipper Hardik Pandya delivers rousing speech amid MI's dismal show in IPL 2024

Hardik Pandya gives a speech in the dressing room after MI’s defeat against SRH in IPL 2024.© X (formerly Twitter)

Mumbai Indians’ new captain Hardik Pandya delivered an inspiring speech for his unit in the dressing room after the team’s 31-run defeat to SunRisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday. Patrick CumminsSDH-led SRH posted the highest ever total in the Indian Premier League – 277 for 3 – and beat Mumbai Indians by 31 runs in a six-hit fest. Mumbai responded strongly in the match, which saw 38 sixes for another IPL record, but ended on 246 for 5 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs.

“The toughest Soldiers undergo the toughest tests and we are the toughest team in the competition. Anyone who could have gotten even closer to where we have reached as a batting group is We.” Hardikin said in a video shared by Mumbai Indians on social media.

The bowlers of both teams had a poor outing, especially those of Mumbai Indians. With figures of 1 for 36 in four overs, Jasprit Bumrah was MI’s best bowler.

“What I’m really proud of is our bowlers. Even when it was a tough day, I didn’t see anyone running away. Everyone wanted the ball (in their hands), I think it’s a good show,” Hardik said.

“Let’s make sure we help each other through it all, whatever happens, the worst, the bad, the good, we’ll handle it together. And we’ll be together.”

Hardik’s captaincy came under a lot of scrutiny in the first two matches of IPL 2024. The player, who replaced the five-time IPL winner Rohit Sharma in the role ahead of IPL 2024, is yet to win his first match for Mumbai in the current season.

Mumbai Indians lost their opening match of IPL 2024 against Gujarat Titans by a margin of six runs, while in the second match against SunRisers Hyderabad, they suffered a 31-run defeat.

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