IPL 2024: 'Hardik Pandya Is Going To Get Booed Louder In Mumbai', Feels Ex-KKR Star Manoj Tiwary

IPL 2024: 'Hardik Pandya Is Going To Get Booed Louder In Mumbai', Feels Ex-KKR Star Manoj Tiwary

Hardik Pandya, who replaced Rohit Sharma as MI captain before the start of IPL 2024, was booed by fans in Ahmedabad when the side played against his former franchise Gujarat Titans on Sunday.

PTIUpdated: Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 01:46 PM IST
article-image

Former India cricketer Manoj Tiwary expects Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya to be booed a "bit louder" when the team plays its first home IPL game here on April 1 but he feels that the flamboyant all-rounder has the temperament to deal with it.

Pandya, who replaced Rohit Sharma as MI captain before the start of the season, was booed by fans in Ahmedabad when the side played against his former franchise Gujarat Titans on Sunday.

Hostile welcome expected at Wankhede

MI lost the match by six runs and will take on Rajasthan Royals in their first home game at the Wankhede Stadium here on Monday next week.

"...you have to see how he gets welcomed here in Mumbai because I think he is going to get booed a bit louder here...Because as a fan, Mumbai fan or a Rohit Sharma fan, nobody expected that captaincy will be given to Hardik," Tiwary told PTI Videos in an interview.

"And despite Rohit giving five trophies to Mumbai Indians, he has to lose the captaincy. I don't know what are the reasons but I think it has not gone down well with the fans. And that is the reaction which you see on the field," he explained.

Pandya staying calm through troubled times

Tiwary is, however, impressed with how Pandya has dealt with fan backlash.

"...knowing him, whatever I have been observing of late through television, that despite getting booed, he kept his calm, he kept his nerve, which is the sign of a good temperament," he said.

The 38-year-old, who is the sports minister of West Bengal, said Pandya will have to cut out the noise and focus on his performance so that he is in good shape for the T20 World Cup starting June 1 in the Americas.

"I believe even if he was not booed, he has to perform well to get into the Indian team to play the World cup. Because it is important for all the players to perform well and be fit as well to be available for selection.

"And him being the number one all-rounder...obviously he has to be in form and to be in form he has to perform," he said.

RECENT STORIES

Video: Shah Rukh Khan Chants 'CSK, CSK' Along With Fans After KKR Win IPL 2024 Final At Chepauk

Video: Shah Rukh Khan Chants 'CSK, CSK' Along With Fans After KKR Win IPL 2024 Final At Chepauk

'Kuch Nahi, Bass Trophy Jeeto': Rahmanullah Gurbaz Reveals His Mother's Message After KKR Win IPL...

'Kuch Nahi, Bass Trophy Jeeto': Rahmanullah Gurbaz Reveals His Mother's Message After KKR Win IPL...

'KKR Ko Pakadna Mushkil Hi Nahi Namunkin Hai': Indian Cricket Fraternity Lauds Kolkata Knight Riders...

'KKR Ko Pakadna Mushkil Hi Nahi Namunkin Hai': Indian Cricket Fraternity Lauds Kolkata Knight Riders...

'We've Sacrificed For Each Other': Skipper Shreyas Iyer Pens Emotional Note After KKR Win IPL 2024...

'We've Sacrificed For Each Other': Skipper Shreyas Iyer Pens Emotional Note After KKR Win IPL 2024...

Video: Entire KKR Franchise Signs Off With Harshit Rana’s Infamous ‘Flying Kiss’ Celebration...

Video: Entire KKR Franchise Signs Off With Harshit Rana’s Infamous ‘Flying Kiss’ Celebration...