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Fact Check: Extra security for Hardik Pandya at Wankhede?

Fact Check: Extra security for Hardik Pandya at Wankhede?

The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has refuted reports that Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya at Wankhede is receiving additional security. Many supporters found it difficult to accept Pandya’s nomination as captain after the all-round player was traded from Gujarat Titans. Pandya has already experienced a lot of criticism, including racist shouts in the IPL 2024. Mumbai’s defeat in the team’s opening two games of the season exacerbated already mounting frustrations, which seem to be getting worse every day.

In the meantime, the five-time winners will play their first home game of the year against Rajasthan Royals. Prior to then, there were rumours circulating that MCA had increased security at Wankhede, threatening to remove supporters who would jeer or harass Hardik during the game. But in a recent statement, MCA made it clear that none of these events has been planned since they will adhere to BCCI’s crowd behaviour policy standards.

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Fact Check: Extra security for Hardik Pandya at Wankhede?
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We are aware that the rumours that the MCA has directed security to target supporters of Rohit or Boo Hardik are untrue. The MCA issued a statement saying, “We as MCA are following BCCI guidelines on crowd behaviour policy. These are baseless rumours, and no instructions like this have been given.”

Mumbai are in trouble following two consecutive losses to Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans. They gave up 277 runs to Hyderabad, the most of any team in the competition’s history. Even though their batsmen performed admirably in the second innings, Mumbai was defeated by 31 runs.

The team needs to make a number of adjustments in order to resume winning since several of their strategies have drawn harsh criticism. The team has suffered as a result of skipper Hardik’s decision to not give Jasprit Bumrah the new ball in either of the two games. The players will need to bat more consistently in order to complete the task at hand.

So, this was all about the insider update on Hardik Pandya at Wankhede. Also read, Cricketer Rohit Sharma ditches team bus for Range Rover

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