Mumbai Indians' Woes Continue as Hardik Pandya Faces Criticism

Mumbai Indians' Woes Continue as Hardik Pandya Faces Criticism

Mumbai Indians' dismal performance in the ongoing IPL 2024 continued on Tuesday as they suffered their seventh defeat, their third consecutive loss, against KL Rahul's Lucknow Super Giants. The five-time champions' hopes of reaching the top four have been severely dented, as they now languish in ninth place with just 6 points.

The loss has drawn criticism from former India cricketer Irfan Pathan, who has pointed the finger at captain Hardik Pandya. Pathan took to social media to express his frustration, stating that Pandya's "too many mistakes" have cost the team dearly.

"The team Mumbai Indians that qualified last year didn’t had Jasprit Bumrah but this season they had his services. Still they are in this situation. Purely because the team wasn’t managed well on the ground. Too many mistakes by their captain Hardik Pandya. It’s the truth," Pathan posted.

Pandya, who took over the captaincy from Rohit Sharma this season, has faced intense scrutiny due to Mumbai Indians' troubled campaign. He has been met with boos at several IPL 2024 venues, including Wankhede Stadium, the Mumbai Indians' home ground.

His performance with both bat and ball has been underwhelming this season. On Tuesday against LSG, Pandya was dismissed for a golden duck. In 10 matches, he has managed to score just 197 runs at an average of 21.88 and has taken only 6 wickets.

Pandya's struggles have been compounded by the team's overall poor performance. Mumbai Indians have been plagued by injuries and inconsistent form, and they have failed to find a winning combination.

The loss to Lucknow Super Giants has left Mumbai Indians with an uphill task to qualify for the playoffs. They will need to win their remaining matches and hope that other results go their way. However, with their current form, it seems unlikely that they will be able to turn their season around.

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