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Navjot Singh Sidhu advices the new MI skipper Hardik Pandya

Navjot Singh Sidhu advices the new MI skipper Hardik Pandya

Franchise The Mumbai Indians (MI) lost for the third time in a row, this time to the Rajasthan Royals (RR), extending their miserable start to the Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) season. Mumbai, the five-time champions, have not been able to establish their groove, and as a result, both analysts and fans have severe comments for MI skipper Hardik Pandya, the new captain.

In front of the home fans, Pandya was subjected to an overwhelming amount of mocking and booing. The level of booing was so high that Sanjay Manjrekar had to ask the audience to be respectful and behave themselves during the toss.

In the midst of this, the Mumbai Indians captain, who was under pressure, received some advice from prominent commentator and former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu. Sidhu admitted that Pandya’s captaincy would have received plaudits if MI had won their first two games. But in light of their defeats, which included giving up the highest IPL total ever against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Pandya must evaluate the makeup of his team.

Sidhu advice MI skipper Hardik Pandya:

Navjot Singh Sidhu advices the new MI skipper Hardik Pandya
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Sidhu was heard stating on Star Sports, “Nothing is more successful than success. Had Mumbai Indians prevailed in the previous two games, silence would have reigned. In my opinion, Pandya ought to concentrate on the group of players. Everyone cries that your bowling is inadequate when you give up 277 runs. In a tournament when such high scores were unheard of, how could a team accomplish 277? The other match was quite tight (versus GT). They weren’t humiliated; they were beaten.”

Following the game, Sidhu advised Pandya to learn from the great MS Dhoni, who was always able to find worthy substitutes for players who were injured or out of form. He mentioned Rachin Ravindra as the most recent example, saying he was an almost ideal substitute for the other New Zealander in Conway.

Sidhu went on, “Observe what Dhoni performs. After Devon Conway, his top scorer from the previous season sustained an injury, he replaced him with the considerably superior Rachin Ravindra. He needs to find that kind of replacement or he will be exposed.”

The Mumbai Indians batting lineup had a forgettable time during the game at Wankhede Stadium. They were assigned to bat first, and with to a fantastic spell from Trent Boult, they were reduced to 20/4 in the first four overs. In an attempt to right MI’s ship, Hardik Pandya (34 off 21) and Tilak Varma (32 off 29) combined for a mere 125/9.

With 27 balls remaining, RR’s Riyan Parag led the visitors to a comfortable six-wicket victory with an undefeated 54 off 39 balls. The best bowler of the group was Akash Madhwal, who finished with figures of 3/20 in his four overs. The defeat has further increased the burden on Pandya, who has been subjected to unceasing jeers and abuse from the Wankhede fans ever since he was appointed captain.

So, this was all about the MI skipper Hardik Pandya. Also read, ‘What wrong has Rohit done?’ – Sidhu on MI captaincy change

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