Hardik Pandya: Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians have released star players like Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Ishant Kishan.
Hardik Pandya: The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise has not retained Mumbai Indians star all-rounder Hardik Pandya. The franchise has retained Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieran Pollard and Jaspreet Bumra. Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians have released star players like Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Ishant Kishan.
It was also revealed why the franchise did not retain Hardik. Former Team India fast bowler Zaheer Khan, who is part of the Mumbai Indians coaching staff, said in an interview that Hardik was obsessed with his fitness and that retention decision was not easy and there were many things to remember.
Hardik was an important part of the Mumbai Indians team. He was instrumental in the team’s success in the IPL. Hardick is currently suffering from fitness issues. He did not bowl in IPL 2021 either. He was also not selected in Team India for the ODI series against South Africa.
Will Hardik join the Lucknow or Ahmedabad franchises?
However, Zaheer hopes that Hardik will make a strong comeback again after regaining fitness. Zaheer said, ‘Surely Hardik can achieve full fitness. Hardick is very much looking forward to it. The retention decision is usually made with various factors in mind. The conversation is usually very long. This is not an easy process. It is not easy to say goodbye to the players you have spent with the team for a long time, ”said Zaheer.
This time two new teams Lucknow and Ahmedabad have also joined the IPL. It remains to be seen whether Hardick will go into the auction pool or whether either of these two franchises will pick him up before the auction. Before the mega auction, Lucknow and Ahmedabad can select three from the non-retained players. Hardick scored 1476 runs in 96 matches. He has taken 42 wickets so far in his IPL career. He went on to become one of the best all-rounders in the league.
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