Not Hardik Pandya's Fault: Mumbai Indians Legend's Blunt Take On 5-Time Champions' Horror IPL 2024 Campaign

In an interaction with the news ??agency ANI, Harbhajan Singh said that the MI management is great, as he himself was a player at the franchise. However, the decision to hire Hardik Pandya as the captain of the side for IPL 2024 has majorly backfired. Even if the decision was to look into the future, it did not sit well with the team and they did not look united on the field.
Not Hardik Pandya's Fault: Mumbai Indians Legend's Blunt Take On 5-Time Champions' Horror IPL 2024 Campaign

Not Hardik Pandya's Fault: Mumbai Indians Legend's Blunt Take On 5-Time Champions' Horror IPL 2024 Campaign

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mumbai Indians finished at the bottom of the IPL 2024 points table.
  • Many have blamed the captaincy skills of Hardik Padya for the failure.
  • However, a former MI legend has said that it is not entirely Hardik's fault.
Mumbai Indians came into the IPL 2024 as one of the strongest and most balanced sides of the tournament. Howeverm what transpired this seasons was nothing short of disastrous. They managed to win just 4 out of their 14 league games,a nd ended their campaign with just 8 points. Hence they finished bottom of the table for just the second time in their history. Hardik Pandya was the made the captain replacing Rohit Sharma at the start of the season, and many have raised questions on his leadership throughout the IPL 2024. However, according to legendary India and MI spinner Harbhajan Singh, the failure is not Pandya's fault alone.
In an interaction with the news agency ANI, Harbhajan Singh said that the MI management is great, as he himself was a player at the franchise. However, the decision to hire Hardik Pandya as the captain of the side for IPL 2024 has majorly backfired. Even if the decision was to look into the future, it did not sit well with the team and they did not look united on the field.
"MI has a big team. I have played for it. The management is great and runs the team well. But this decision has backfired. Maybe the thinking was to look for the future. It seems that it did not sit well with the team as they did not look united," Harbhajan said.
The legendary off-spinner was also of the opinion that the decision could have been better had it been taken a year later. He also said that the failure was not entirely Hardik Pandya's fault as he was captaining the Gujarat Titans really well. He pointed the fingers at the senior players in the team as it is their duty to keep the dressing room united, no matter who is the captain.
It was bound to happen. It pains me to see such a big team, an old team of mine face such poor results. Maybe the timing of the decision was not right. It could have been better had this decision been taken a year later. It is not Hardik's fault, he was captaining really well in GT. The duty of the senior players is to keep players united no matter who is the captain. Captains come and go. They did not play like a team," Harbhajan Singh added.
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