Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya had to face massive boos from the crowd at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium during his team’s match against Gujarat Titans. In the viral video of the incident, when the all-rounder shifted base to make way for Gujarat Titans captain Shubhman Gill, the latter received a humungous cheer from the audience.

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The video of the incident has been significantly shared on the internet. Under Hardik Pandya’s captaincy, the Gujarat Titans (GT) had won the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), however, he returned to Mumbai Indians, the team where he started his career. 

The Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper won the toss and opted to field against Gujarat Titans. After Pandya’s entry to Mumbai Indians, he took over as captain of the MI when Rohit Sharma stepped down from the role.

While ignoring the audience’s negative reaction at the time of toss, Hardik Pandya maintained his calm and continued to speak. After announcing his decision to bowl first, Hardik Pandya expressed his happiness to be back to his birthplace Gujarat.  

“We are gonna bowl first. Looks like a decent track, might get better if dew comes. Feels good to be back. My birthplace is in Gujarat, very grateful to this state. My cricketing birth happened in Mumbai, happy to be back. It’s been two weeks since we started the camp. Boys are eager to perform. We had wonderful practice matches. The excitement is a different feeling. We have four quicks, three spinners and seven batters. Making sure all the departments are looked after,” Hardik Pandya said at the time of the toss.

Expressing his excitement to lead the team, Gujarat Titans captain Shubman Gill said that he had enjoyed a lot of success in the Narendra Modi stadium and support from his fans. 

“Feels exciting to captain in a stadium where I have enjoyed a lot of success. The support has been tremendous. I was a week prior before this game, played a practice match. We have got three players making debuts for GT – Umesh, Johnson and Omarzai,” said Shubhman Gill.

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Published: 24 Mar 2024, 08:24 PM IST

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