Former India cricketers and Mumbai Indians teammates Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu are finding it hard to believe what is transpiring in the MI dugout. The duo of former cricketers, who are currently on Hindi commentary duty with Star Sports’, lashed out at players of Mumbai for the way they are treating skipper Hardik Pandya. Their comments came after seeing the outfit suffer their 3rd consecutive defeat of the season against Rajasthan Royals last night.

The Mumbai Indians were expected to put up an impressive performance in what was their first match in front of home support at the Wankhede stadium. However, they turned up with a contrasting performance that didn’t suit their fearless style of play. While the entire team had a shambolic outing, it was captain Hardik Pandya who is being trolled and criticized on social media once again.

It was Hardik Pandya who had won the toss and elected to bat first but it was the top-order of the team that displayed the worst batting performance by a team in IPL 2024 as of now. Opening batsman and former captain Rohit Sharma, who should have led from the front, got out for a golden duck, while number 3 and 4 Naman Dhir and Dewald Brevis, too, had the very same fate. All of them had fell prey to Rajasthan’s Kiwi left-arm seamer Trent Boult.

Harbhajan questions MI players’ will to not accept Hardik Pandya as their captain

Following the first 3 dismissals, Ishan Kishan joined the dressing room for 16 runs and MI were reduced to 4 wickets for 20 runs only. The skipper Hardik Pandya made a 56-run partnership with Tilak Varma before giving his wicket to RR leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for 34 off 21.

Then Piyush Chawla got out for 3, Varma departed after a hard-fought 32 with Gerald Coetzee getting out for and Tim David, the 9th wicket of MI fell for 17 off 24 in the 3rd ball of the 18th over. With that MI were all out for 125 and in response, Rajasthan Royals chased down the total within the 16th over by 6 wickets.

Following the conclusion of the match, Hardik Pandya, who was obviously in a state of distraught, was seen sitting all alone in the MI dugout. He did not find anyone by his side, be it any young or senior player or anyone from the coaching staff. That depicts the kind of tension there is within the MI dressing room which Harbhajan Singh thinks is unfair.

“The visuals are not looking good. He has been left alone. The players of the franchise should accept him as their captain. The decision has been made and the team should stick together. The situation is not looking good.” – Bhajji said via Star Sports.

Rayudu claims MI players are doing this deliberately to Hardik Pandya

Former IPL winner with MI until the 2017 season, Ambati Rayudu feels that players in the dressing room are not allowing Hardik Pandya to carry out his job freely. Rayudu lashed out at the senior players of the team for making him confused with his plans and claimed that it was a bad situation for Pandya to be in.

“I don’t know whether it is intentional or unintentional. But there are a lot of people in the team who are making him confused. The big personalities in the dressing room are not allowing him to work freely as a captain. This is not the good situation to be in for any captain.” – Rayudu said on Star Sports.

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