'Hardik Pandya Dealing With Mental Health Issues For Sure', Ex India Star Reflects On MI Captain Getting Booed

Hardik Pandya's tenure as MI captain didn't begin as expected, with the team securing only three wins in seven matches and currently occupying the seventh position in the table.
'Hardik Pandya Dealing With Mental Health Issues For Sure', Ex India Star Reflects On MI Captain Getting Booed

Hardik Pandya

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As the 2024 Indian Premier League approaches its halfway point, significant narratives have emerged since its inception. Arguably the most prominent among them is the appointment of Hardik Pandya as the new captain of the Mumbai Indians, replacing Rohit Sharma. Pandya, who rejoined MI in November last year, assumed the captaincy the following month amidst significant controversy. Many fans expressed opposition to the decision to replace the five-time champion Rohit
Moreover, at the start of the season, it appeared that fans were still not fully supportive of Hardik, as the all-rounder faced jeers wherever he played – even at MI's home ground, Wankhede Stadium. Compounding the situation for Hardik is his own decline in performance this season; he has managed to take only four wickets in seven matches and scored 141 runs at a strike rate of 146.87.
Former India batsman, Robin Uthappa, recently discussed the circumstances surrounding Hardik's return to Mumbai in depth. He made a significant assertion regarding the all-rounder's mental well-being as he navigates through fan opposition and faces trolls and abuse on social media platforms. Uthappa shared these insights during an appearance on the BeerBiceps YouTube channel, shedding light on Hardik's current situation at MI.
“He has the calibre to be an all-time great for Indian team. He was let go by the team who discovered him, he went to another franchise. After winning 3-4 titles with them, he left. He must have felt a little bad; that will be there. He went to GT, won a title and finished runners-up in another. Then the conversation began,” Uthappa said.
“This guy knows... he's well aware of the mocking, trolling, the memes about his fitness. You don't think it hurts him? It hurts any human being. How many people know the reality of it? Hardik is dealing with mental health issues, for sure. We, as people, I understand are emotional. But it is not right to impose this kind of treatment on any human being. It is unbecoming as a society for us to do that to someone and be okay with it. We should not be laughing on it, should not be forwarding it'', he added.
Uthappa also cited the example of how Indian fans rallied around the national team with love and support following its heartbreaking loss in the World Cup final. He urged fans to extend similar kindness and support to Hardik Pandya during this challenging time.
“It's our job, yes it's passion too, but it's what puts the food on the table for me. My job is on display for you to criticise. A corporate person's job is not on television to criticise, or have an opinion about either. When that is the case, you have to exercise a certain amount of empathy and dignity to the other person to allow them to fail. One of the most beautiful things we did as a country is our expression to love, and our reaction to our Indian team after we lost the World Cup. That's how we should be as a society, and as Indians,” said Uthappa.
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