'I Will Be An All-Rounder': Mumbai Indians Skipper Hardik Pandya CONFIRMS Bowling In IPL 2024

'I Will Be An All-Rounder': Mumbai Indians Skipper Hardik Pandya CONFIRMS Bowling In IPL 2024

Pandya will be returning to action after a lengthy layoff due to an ankle injury that he suffered during the ODI World Cup match against Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in November last year.

Hrishikesh DamodarUpdated: Monday, March 18, 2024, 09:01 PM IST
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Hardik Pandya | Credits: Twitter

The newly appointed Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya confirmed that he will be bowling and play as a complete all-rounder in the upcoming IPL 2024, slated to take place on March 22.

Pandya will return to action after a lengthy layoff due to an ankle injury he suffered during the ODI World Cup match against Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in November last year. The star all-rounder played a competitive cricket for Reliance in DY Patil T20 Cup.

Though Hardik Pandya bowled in the DY Patil T20 Cup, there were still doubts whether the Mumbai Indians skipper would be bowling in the upcoming IPL season after ankle surgery.

Speaking at the press conference, Hardik Pandya stated that he will be an all-rounder and will try to finish as many matches for Mumbai Indians in the upcoming IPL season.

"I will be an all-rounder and will be bowling this season and try to finish as many games as possible." Hardik Pandya said.

Hardik Pandya led Gujarat Titans to their maiden IPL triumph in their debut season in 2022, silencing critics who questioned his captaincy. In the following season, Pandya captained GT to second consecutive IPL final but lost to Chennai Super Kings who clinched the record-equalling fifth triumph of the tournament.

After serving two seasons as a captain with Gujarat Titans, Hardik Pandya returned to his old franchise Mumbai Indians through an all-cash trade of INR 15 crore ahead of IPL 2024 Auction.

'Very surreal feeling for me': Hardik Pandya on returning to Mumbai Indians

Hardik Pandya stated that it was surreal feeling for him to return to the franchise, where his IPL journey began. The all-rounder added that he never thought that he would be leading Mumbai Indians after making his debut with the team 10 years ago.

"Very good to be back, I'm back where everything started. It is a very surreal feeling for me. Knowing that my whole life changed when I made my debut in 2015. Very grateful to play on my favourite ground." Hardik said.

"Feels wonderful to captain MI, my very journey started from here. Never thought 10 years down the line I will be leading this side. Very excited to be back." Mumbai Indians captain added.

Hardik Pandya played a crucial role in helping Mumbai Indians clinch four IPL titles in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

With MI, Hardik Pandya has aggregated 1,476 runs, including four half-centuries, at an average of 27.33 in 92 matches. With the ball, he picked 42 wickets.

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