Hardik Pandya: Why Gujarat Titans hero is becoming zero for Mumbai Indians; Shocking reason in front!

Hardik Pandya's Struggle and Mumbai Indians' Challenges
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Hardik Pandya’s Decline in IPL 2024

After a successful stint with Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022 and 2023, where he led the team to victory and finals respectively, Hardik Pandya’s return to Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024 has been marred by a decline in performance, particularly in his role as captain. Despite being known as a world-class all-rounder, Pandya’s decision-making and captaincy strategies have come under scrutiny, leading to criticism and trolling from fans and experts alike.

Captaincy Criticism and Bowling Mismanagement

One of the major criticisms leveled against Hardik Pandya during IPL 2024 has been his handling of the team’s bowling resources, particularly the underutilization of premier bowler Jasprit Bumrah. In a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Pandya’s decision to limit Bumrah to just one over out of 13 overs allowed the opposition batsmen to dominate, exposing Mumbai Indians’ bowling weaknesses and further fueling criticism of Pandya’s captaincy abilities. Even renowned fast bowler Stuart Broad voiced his disapproval, highlighting the mismanagement of Bumrah’s bowling talents.

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Batting Woes and Middle-Order Instability

In addition to captaincy woes, Mumbai Indians have faced batting challenges, with their middle-order failing to deliver consistently. The absence of key batsman Suryakumar Yadav has disrupted the team’s batting order, leading to constant shuffling and inconsistency in performances from players like David, Hardik Pandya, Naman Dhir, and Tilak Verma. Despite flashes of brilliance from individual players like Verma’s quickfire 64 against Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians’ middle-order woes have contributed to their string of losses in IPL 2024, highlighting the need for a reassessment of their batting strategy and lineup.

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