Hardik Pandya Returns to Mumbai Indians as Captain, Downplays Stats

Hardik Pandya Returns to Mumbai Indians as Captain, Downplays Stats

Hardik Pandya, the dynamic all-rounder, is set to make his much-anticipated return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the upcoming edition. After two successful seasons with Gujarat Titans, Pandya will don the captain's hat for his former franchise, Mumbai Indians, where he began his IPL journey in 2015.

During a recent appearance on Star Sports' 'Star Nahi Far' show, Pandya reminisced about his time with MI. When asked about his total number of half-centuries in the tournament, he was surprised to learn that he had scored 10. However, Pandya downplayed the significance of individual statistics, stating that they are merely numbers and that he values team success over personal milestones.

"I don't like the innings where we lost," Pandya said when asked about his favorite half-century. "Stats are just numbers; it's a waste of time."

Pandya's comments sparked a debate on social media, with former India batter Irfan Pathan questioning the BCCI's decision to exclude Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer from the central contract due to their non-participation in domestic cricket. Pathan argued that if players like Pandya are allowed to skip red-ball cricket, then the same rule should apply to all players.

"If players like Hardik don't want to play red-ball cricket, should he and others like him participate in white-ball domestic cricket when they aren't on national duty?" Pathan wrote on social media. "If this doesn't apply to all, then Indian cricket won't achieve the desired results!"

Pandya's return to MI is expected to bolster the team's chances of regaining the IPL title. The all-rounder's all-around abilities, including his explosive batting, accurate bowling, and exceptional fielding, make him a valuable asset to any team.

With the IPL set to commence in March, Pandya will be eager to prove his worth and lead Mumbai Indians to glory. His experience, leadership skills, and unwavering determination will be crucial for the team's success in the upcoming season.

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