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Aakash Chopra’s old statement goes viral after Hardik Pandya booed by the Ahmedabad crowd

Gujarat Titans (GT) started their IPL 2024 campaign with a win against Mumbai Indians (MI). They beat MI by 6 runs in a last-over thriller. In that GT vs MI game, when Hardik Pandya, a newly appointed MI’s captain came out for a toss, the Ahmedabad crowd booed him and showed their disappointment in him being the captain of the side ahead of Rohit Sharma. After that, the former Indian opener and current commentator, Aakash Chopra’s old statement goes viral on social media. Today, we will talk about the whole scenario in detail. So let’s dive into it quickly.

Aakash Chopra’s old statement goes viral on social media

Before the IPL 2024, Aakash Chopra made a statement on Hardik Pandya receiving some treatment from the Ahmedabad crowd in the first game. He said the GT fans might feel the heartbreak regarding the all-rounder’s decision before the IPL 2024. The commentator feels and hope the Ahmedabad crowd booing Hardik Pandya before going to the toss in the first game. 

“Now Hardik Pandya goes to Mumbai after winning the championship once, leading the team to the final the next time. And not just that but choosing to leave the franchise. If there isn’t any heartburn in the public of Ahmedabad, if they don’t feel hurt, where is the fun? I am expecting. No, I am hoping – don’t tell anyone – that Hardik goes for the toss and people go ‘Boo’. That’s where the league matures.” – Aakash Chopra said on Jio Cinema.

The former cricketer also talks about the instance when a player receives this kind of treatment by the crowd in the IPL. He talked about Wankhede’s crowd booing Ajit Agarkar in IPL 2008. In the first season (IPL 2008), in a game between MI and KKR, Ajit Agarkar was playing for KKR against Mumbai in Mumbai. Being a local boy, Mumbai crowd booed Ajit Agarkar when he was fielding at the boundary line. Aakash Chopra said they had to bring Agarkar up in the field because it was not nice.

Hardik Pandya booed by Ahmedabad crowd in GT vs MI game

Hardik Pandya, who becomes the captain of Mumbai Indians this year, didn’t get a warm welcome when he came out for a toss in the GT vs MI game. The whole Ahmedabad crowd booed him and showed disagreement with the decision regarding Hardik Pandya being the captain of the side ahead of former captain Rohit Sharma.

Why is Hardik Pandya being booed by the Ahmedabad crowd?

Hardik Pandya, before coming in MI for IPL 2024, has played the last two seasons for Gujarat Titans. He was the captain of the side in IPL 2022-23 and tasted a lot of success in the franchise. He won the title in the very first season in 2022. In the last year as well, his team reached the final of the tournament before losing to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a last-ball thriller. When 10 runs needed off 2 balls, Ravindra Jadeja hit a six and a four to Mohit Sharma to win the 5th title for CSK.

After spending two years with GT, Hardik Pandya was traded to his former IPL franchise, MI in an all-cash deal. Despite doing well for GT in those two years, he left the team which their fans didn’t like. Some reports also suggest that other than the trade amount, a very big amount has been given to Hardik Pandya to come to MI.

Before the IPL 2024 auction a few months earlier, Shubman Gill becomes a new GT captain. He talks about the loyalty of the team before the auction. No one knows why Gill said those things. But some fans and media reports said he is pointing towards Hardik Pandya on leaving the team.

Anger of MI and Rohit Sharma fans is visible

We can see the anger and disappointment of MI and Rohit Sharma fans regarding the former MI captain not being in the leadership role. When Hardik Pandya was traded to MI, the fans were happy that the all-rounder is coming back to where he started his IPL career in 2015. But as soon as they knew that he would captain the side ahead of Rohit Sharma, they started boycotting the team and showed disappointment regarding the decision. They wanted their most successful captain to be in that role again.

One of the other reasons of the fans booing Hardik Pandya. Some MI fans unfollowed the franchise’s social media handles in anger and started hating the team. They don’t want to support the franchise and want the team to lose. This is the kind of hate Hardik Pandya and MI are receiving right now.

Rohit Sharma’s Stunned Reaction After Hardik Sends Him To Field Long-On

Conclusion

So this is all about today. Hardik Pandya looked animated after he got out in the last over. The crowd again booed him after he got out. Also, the visuals of Pandya changing Rohit Sharma’s position in the field are going viral on social media as well. Rohit fans didn’t take that well and trolling Pandya for that as well. Let’s see how things panned out in the MI camp.

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FAQs:-

1. How many games Hardik Pandya has won in the IPL as captain?

The all-rounder has played 33 games as captain (32 games for GT and one for MI) till now and won 23 out of them.

2. How many IPL titles Hardik Pandya has won in the IPL?

Hardik Pandya has won 5 IPL titles (4 for MI and one for GT) till now.

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