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Mar. 29 (FPJ) - Hardik Pandya received a hostile reception from the crowd in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad as he was booed during the toss and also subjected to jeers throughout the match.

Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya has been in the news for all the wrong reasons ever since the start of the team's campaign in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Pandya faced a backlash from MI fans for replacing Rohit Sharma as a captain.


 

Hardik Pandya received a hostile reception from the crowd in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad as he was booed during the toss and also subjected to jeers throughout the match. To make it worse, the all-rounder didn't have a good start to start to his captaincy debut with Mumbai Indians as the five-time IPL champions lost to two back to back of the ongoing IPL season.

The fans and analysts have been closely monitoring and watching every move of Hardik Pandya on the field. Even off the field, Pandya cannot escape from the scrutiny. In a video went viral on social media, Hardik Pandya was seen seemingly refusing to shake hand with Lasith Malinga and shoved him away after Mumbai Indians defeat to SunRisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad.

Another video featuring MI skipper Hardik Pandya and bowling coach Lasith Malinga also went viral on social media. In the video, the all-rounder was seen standing when batting coach offered a sit to him. However, Malinga stood up and gave a seat to Hardik Pandya.


 

Hardik Pandya's behaviour and attitude have been heavily scrutnized by the fans ever since his walked out of the field as the new Mumbai Indians captain in IPL 2024. The recent videos of alleged rift between Hardik Pandya and Lasith Malinga sparked anger and outrage among the fans, saying that all-rounder was disrespecting former Sri Lanka pace bowling legend. He was also slammed for his change in attitude after becoming MI captain.

Hardik Pandya's captaincy was questioned after Mumbai Indians' thrashing defeat against SunRisers Hyderabad. The experts questioned the all-rounder for not bringing Jasprit Bumrah into the attack when Heinrich Klassen (80*) and Aiden Markram (42*) were going brutal on the MI bowling attack.

Pandya had a forgettable outing not just as a captain but as a player as well. With the ball, he picked a wicket while conceding 46 runs with an economy rate of 11.50 in four overs and with the, Hardik scored just 24 off 20 balls at a strike rate of 120.

Hardik Pandya will be scrutinized by Mumbaikars when Mumbai Indians take on Rajasthan Royals on April 1, Monday at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.


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  • Kariyawasam Friday, 29 March 2024 05:02 PM

    I am not at all surprised by this news. I have worked in India via an international company based in Mumbai many years ago and I have experienced Indians treating me as an unimportant entity even though I was in a senior position. I lived altogether for five years in Mumbai, what I can say for sure is deep down ALL INDIANS THINK OF SRI LANKANS AS DESCENDANTS OF EVIL KING RAVANA WHO KIDNAPPED THIR PRINCESS. This is a myth but in India this story is taught in schools as true history.

    A Friday, 29 March 2024 05:55 PM

    More Important is money Noh ...any crap is taken now money by Cricketers now ..Arjuna Rantunga is the greatest cricket ...respect...

    Rajaratnam, Scotland Friday, 29 March 2024 07:38 PM

    Sir, I thank your paper for highlighting this disgraceful treatment of a Sri Lankan legend by the Indian cricketer . This shows where Sri Lanka stands in the perception of the Indians. There is no respect for Sri Lanka in India. Our corrupt politicians are always “Yes Sir” to the Indian politicians , our professional military leaders “ fall at the feet “ of Indian military officers, and all our news media always praising India. Sir, this has to stop, we Sri Lankans have a much better history than the Indians, we were not ruled for thousand years by the Muslims and our country women were never raped by foreign invaders to produce light skin people some with even blue eyes. We should be proud to be Sri Lankans whether we are Sinhalese, Tamils, or Muslims. All our sportsmen should be taught little about our great history compared to the terrible Indian history. If not for Britain, India would still be under Muslim Mogul empire and Indian Brahmins working as servants in Muslim palaces.

    Arthur Mendis Monday, 01 April 2024 04:23 AM

    Raja you are a disgrace. Why did migrate to Scotland without going and serving the Mohgul households which you praise so much. You are typical kalathoni who has changed color. You do not even know how the colonizers rape D hi our women. L Perera, Silva, Fernando, Pinto and many others are the results. If you want to light skinned go to Nuwara Eliya. So don't write BS misleading comments.

    Rajaratnam, Scotland Friday, 29 March 2024 07:38 PM

    Sir, I thank your paper for highlighting this disgraceful treatment of a Sri Lankan legend by the Indian cricketer . This shows where Sri Lanka stands in the perception of the Indians. There is no respect for Sri Lanka in India. Our corrupt politicians are always “Yes Sir” to the Indian politicians , our professional military leaders “ fall at the feet “ of Indian military officers, and all our news media always praising India. Sir, this has to stop, we Sri Lankans have a much better history than the Indians, we were not ruled for thousand years by the Muslims and our country women were never raped by foreign invaders to produce light skin people some with even blue eyes. We should be proud to be Sri Lankans whether we are Sinhalese, Tamils, or Muslims. All our sportsmen should be taught little about our great history compared to the terrible Indian history. If not for Britain, India would still be under Muslim Mogul empire and Indian Brahmins working as servants in Muslim palaces.

    Jaffna Logic Friday, 29 March 2024 08:01 PM

    Bring in Arujuna Ranatunga and put him in total charge of Sri Lankan cricket. He is the only person who can inject “pride and self worth” to all Sri Lankan cricketers and ex- cricketers. He understands the psychology of the Indians, that was why he was wholly opposed to Sri Lankan cricketers joining the IPL as players or officials. Arujuna is a legend and it is outrageous that he is being sidelined by Sri Lankan government to please the Indians. Sri Lanka needs heroes not India worshipers.

    Easwaran Friday, 29 March 2024 11:15 PM

    This is a management issue. The way Hardiik was brought in. The way Rohith was ousted. All these are the cause. They need this.

    Aravinda Saturday, 30 March 2024 02:04 AM

    What rubbish, you talking mate. See the two videos how Malinga was insulted by the Indian, he was even pushed when he tried to shake hands. Fellows like you are paid agents of India masquerading as genuine Sri Lankans. Clearly either you are of upcountry estate origin or Indian citizen .

    Sammy Saturday, 30 March 2024 12:19 AM

    Success has gone to the head of Hardik Pandya.

    Guppi Lahiri Saturday, 30 March 2024 12:25 AM

    Why did Malinga have to greet that guy at that moment? It's like trying to give a hug to a woman you dont know much about and getting rejected.

    FredSnR Saturday, 30 March 2024 05:27 AM

    I have worked with Indians in a few countries Many comments above are relevant Can be ruthless, when given power, do not know how to handle it,, And they know Sri Lankans, how to control them through intimidation, corruption, acting superior( Iam bigger better) and the sheer numbers..With over a billion mouths to feed India needs SL its resources, land, sea to expand, more than the other way . But they are smart, it will be a quiet infiltration(influencing the influencer) not mass migration There are good Indians but not in business or polirics Sri Lankans must unite that is the only way to succeed in anything, work on your strengths, not weaknesses, the Sinhalese are clever artistic ,the Tamils hard working thrifty, good at business, the Muslims good traders, and there are brilliant people among all of them we all love cricket, value education. In social life we can have differences And we must pay back our loans they need it as much as we do

    Jude Saturday, 30 March 2024 06:44 AM

    Pandya's days as captain of Mumbai Indians is numbered.

    Terrence K Saturday, 30 March 2024 08:09 AM

    Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall and based on this saying Hardik will have to eat humble pie consequent to the ensuing defeats of his team!!!!!

    Psycho analyst Saturday, 30 March 2024 10:46 AM

    India has a deepseated

    Mohan Saturday, 30 March 2024 11:24 AM

    I have just had a look at the two videos. I don't think he shoved off Malinga. He just tapped him on the shoulders. In the second video, Pollard was about to offer the seat, but Malinga got up and offered the seat. It is undersrandable, as the player must be tired after being on the field. Please don't make a mountain out of a mole hill.

    wsw Saturday, 30 March 2024 11:40 AM

    Malinga just like Mahela and Sangakkara, has been sucking up to these Indians for quite some time, in his quest for more money. Arjuna Ranathunge cares a tuppence about Indian cricket and calls a spade a spade. IPL is just a cancer destroying world cricket.

    wsw Saturday, 30 March 2024 11:43 AM

    Serves Malinga right for acting in servitude towards these Indians.

    wsw Saturday, 30 March 2024 11:45 AM

    How embarrassing to see Lasith Malinga genuflect before these Indians. Shame, shame and shame !!!

    Citizen2023 Sunday, 31 March 2024 12:35 PM

    It's a big mistake by the Mumbai Indian selectors to appoint H.Pandya as captain. Understandable reason for finding a successor to the senior player like Sharma for the future, I feel its too early as Sharma has been scoring runs and has s lot of cricket in him. A well experienced captain having led Indian team to greater heights n also won 5 titles for the franchise. When selecting a captain to lead an important side, the character, integrity, several past experiences as a leader, his relationship and respect for the team mates, selectors, ex-team players etc., should be considered. Winning matches contributes to all these matters and also depends on 11 players and not one individual. Unfortunately, these factors were not considered. The best option now is to remove him immediately and reappoint Rohit as the captain for the remaining matches. Otherwise the motivation of the team is very low and they may not give their 100%

    Roshanaly Monday, 01 April 2024 09:53 AM

    You have to loose all the respect if you join the IPL for money. Even our great spinner MM was asked to carry water and Towels when he played for Chennai.

    Amara Monday, 01 April 2024 10:16 AM

    This is not about Sri Lanka. This is just India and Malinga is from Australia.

    shifan Thursday, 04 April 2024 10:39 AM

    If you go behind money, these things are bound to happen. Our 1996 cricket team was the greatest and one of the worlds greatest to ever grace the game.

    lalithanatraj Sunday, 07 April 2024 12:29 PM

    That the 1996 sl team were world beaters is no secret... But what a fall my country men... Where was the second rung... Where was the grooming... Why did you not take things into your hand Arjuna... You were the fittest for the job....


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