Hardik Pandya Captain of one of the new teams Gujarat Titans unfollowed his previous franchise Mumbai Indians on the social media platforms, which set the social media portals ablaze because no one expected this move from the former Mumbai Indians player.
Mumbai Indians backed Hardik despite he was not bowling for the last couple of seasons, Hardik was released by Mumbai India ahead of the IPL 2022 as Suryakumar Yadav was preferred over him since If Mumbai Indians wanted to retain Hardik they have to retain him purely as a batsman which might hamper their team balance.
Hardik Pandya also wrote an emotional note after Mumbai Indians failed to secure his services for the next season. Hardik was brought by Mumbai Indians for just 10 Lakhs INR in 2015, and he was part of 4 Titles won for the Mumbai Indians. He provided the balance for the Mumbai Indians with his all-around abilities, providing a crucial breakthrough in the middle overs and striking at the end over during the batting, Hardik was a very important part of the Mumbai Indians setup.
From 2015-to 2021, Hardik has scored 1,476 runs at a strike rate of 153.91 along with claiming 42 wickets for Mumbai Indians. Hardik IPL salary increases from 10 Lakhs in 2015 to 15 cr. INR in 2021, which shows his importance and abilities.
Fans also slammed Hardik on Twitter after he unfollows Mumbai Indians on social media, According to fans It was Mumbai Indians who provided the opportunity to him and also backed him in his difficult times when he was not bowling and they backed him purely as a batsman, Many fans felt it was rude that Hardik unfollowed the Mumbai Indians franchise. Meanwhile, Hardik also unfollowed Mumbai Indian captain Rohit Sharma on Instagram.
Ahead of the IPL 2022, Hardik was brought by his home franchise Gujarat Titans for at 15cr INR, who also made him as captain for their Inaugural IPL Season, This season will be very important for the Hardik if he wants to return to the Indian setup he will have to perform with both bat and ball.