Blunt Verdict of Mohammed Shami On Hardik Pandya Leaving Gujarat Titans Ahead Of The IPL 2024

The news of Hardik Pandya rejoining the Mumbai Indians from the Gujarat Titans ahead of the Indian Premier League 2024 season caused ripples in the cricket community. Hardik was the captain of GT in the past two seasons, and on both occasions, he led them to the final. The franchise won their maiden title in 2021, and the next year, they finished runners-up after losing to the Chennai Super Kings in the final. However, Pandya completed a shocking trade to MI, his former team, ahead of the new season, and India fast bowler Mohammed Shami had a clear verdict on the incident.
In an interview, Mohammed Shami was asked about the whole 'chapter' with Hardik Pandya, no longer the GT captain.
Shami said, “See, it doesn't matter who is leaving. You have to see the team's balance. Hardik was there; he captured us well. He took us to the final in both editions, and we won once. But Gujarat hadn't signed Hardik for a lifetime. It's his decision to stay or leave. Shubman is made captain now, and he will also gain experience. Some day, he might also leave. And it's part of the game. Players come and go.”
He added, “When you become captain, it's important to handle the responsibility while taking care of your performances. And that responsibility has been assigned to Shubman this time. He might have some load on his mind, but the players are more or less the same. So he doesn't need to worry. You need to manage players well and extract the best out of them.”


Jan 17, 2024 4:02 AM