Hardik Pandya became the talk of the town after he was traded to Mumbai Indians from Gujarat Titans ahead of the IPL 2024 auction. The much-talked-about trade took the IPL cricket fraternity by storm as the all-rounder’s name started trending on social media. The 30-year-old returned to his previous franchise wherein he won as many as four titles. He will be looking forward to reigniting the spark with the franchise that gave a fresh life to his cricketing career.
For the record, Hardik Pandya represented Gujarat Titans in the last two editions of the lucrative Indian Premier League. He led the newly-inducted team from the front and steered the franchise to its maiden title triumph in the debut season, trouncing Rajasthan Royals in the final. In the subsequent season, they stuck to the same winning template and gave the opponents a run for their money.
Rightly so, the Ahmedabad-based franchise made it to the finals of the competition, before losing to Chennai Super Kings in the final showdown. Hardik Pandya certainly made his presence count as a captain, batsman and bowler in the last two seasons for Gujarat Titans. The franchise will forever be grateful for his services.
GT director reacts after Hardik Pandya returns to Mumbai Indians
Meanwhile, Gujarat Titans Director of Cricket, by the name of Vikram Solanki revealed his first reaction after the highly-anticipated transfer of Hardik Pandya to Mumbai Indians was completed successfully. He opened up that it was Hardik Pandya who made up his mind to return to Mumbai Indians.
“As the first captain of Gujarat Titans, Hardik Pandya has helped the franchise deliver two fantastic seasons that resulted in winning one TATA IPL championship and one appearance in the final. He has now expressed a desire to return to his original team Mumbai Indians. We respect his decision and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours,” GT director Vikram Solanki added in a statement.
Hardik Pandya kick-started his IPL journey with the Mumbai Indians as an uncapped player in the 2015 season. Mumbai Indians roped him for INR 10 lakhs in the IPL 2015 auction. The all-rounder played impactful knocks and took crucial wickets when it mattered the most. Overall, he scored 2309 runs including 10 fifties and took 53 wickets.