The IPL 2024 auctions are not far away and the franchise will now not have much time before they complete the process of giving retained and released players list, and trading players from another franchise. In the meanwhile, we have got some of the very big news coming in which includes Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans, and Mumbai Indians. According to the reports, it is highly likely that Hardik Pandya is coming back to his old franchise Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2024. We will talk about this in detail. So let’s start.
IPL Rumors: Hardik Pandya to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024
The star Indian all-rounder is coming back to Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2024. Yes, you read it right. Hardik Pandya will play for his old franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) from the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, the only thing that is left in this case is an official confirmation. There is no official confirmation of Pandya’s return to MI. However, according to the sources, it is happening as Mumbai Indians will get Hardik Pandya from Gujarat Titans as a trade in the IPL 2024.
Also, there are reports that MI will not trade any of their player/s at the expense of Hardik Pandya. Instead, MI will pay 15 crore and undisclosed trading fees to Gujarat Titans.
Hardik Pandya’s comeback will boost Mumbai Indians
The homecoming of Hardik Pandya in Mumbai Indians will surely boost the franchise as the all-rounder has played a huge role in the franchise’s success in their 4 title wins. Since 2015, when Pandya made his debut for MI, the franchise won 4 titles till 2021.
In 2022, Gujarat Titans got Hardik Pandya for INR 15 crore. He also became the captain of the franchise and won the title in the very first season as well. Not only that, his team also played the final in IPL 2023. Unfortunately, the Gujarat Titans fell short in the final against CSK. Ravindra Jadeja helped CSK to win their 5th title by hitting a six and a four on the last two balls.
Will Hardik become the captain of Mumbai Indians?
That is the big question that needs an answer. A lot of discussions and debates will happen on this for the next few months. Rohit Sharma, current India’s and Mumbai Indians’ captain is one of the most successful captains in the IPL history. He won the title for MI five times as captain (In 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020).
On the other hand, Hardik Pandya is most likely to be India’s next T20I captain. He is also an IPL-winning captain for Gujarat Titans (GT) and also played the final with the same franchise as captain.
So, it will be a big task for the MI franchise to decide whether to stick with Rohit Sharma as captain or to go with Hardik Pandya. Another option is Rohit Sharma becomes the captain maybe for the next 1 or 2 seasons and then Hardik will take over. We will get to know about it as time passes.
What do R Ashwin and AB de Villiers have to say on Pandya’s MI comeback?
R Ashwin on his social media has said MI has struck a gold. He said Hardik coming back will only help the MI franchise. AB de Villiers, legendary SA and RCB batter has his say on the captaincy of MI. He said Rohit will going to let Hardik Pandya captain MI.
Till now, Rohit hasn’t played a T20I in Hardik’s captaincy. He hasn’t played a single T20I match since that India’s World T20 2022 semifinal loss against England.
Some reports also suggest that Rohit Sharma will be traded to GT in place of Pandya. But that’s not going to happen.
Why Pandya is coming back to Mumbai Indians?
Now the question is why Hardik Pandya is coming back to Mumbai Indians despite having two great seasons with Gujarat Titans. Some reports suggest that MI is offering a double amount (30 crores) to Hardik Pandya to come back to MI. But all of these things are not confirmed yet. So we can’t say properly that it’s the only reason.
Although, there are talks in the media that Hardik Pandya wanted to leave GT even before this year’s IPL (IPL 2023). Also, GT wanted Hardik to stay for the IPL 2024, but the decision is all up to Hardik.
Who will captain the Gujarat Titans?
MI will have a decision to take. But what about GT? GT will have to find a new captain. Right now, Shubman Gill is a perfect candidate to become GT’s new captain. As a tradition in India or in world cricket, the best player will become the captain of the team. And Gill is becoming a new star in the Indian cricket. Some experts and ex-cricketers also think that he will become the future India captain as well.
So this is the big news coming in as far as the IPL is concerned. What do you think? Will Hardik’s decision be the right choice? Comment your opinion below in the comment section.
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