India’s talented fast bowler and Arjuna Award recipient, Mohammed Shami, has recently shared his insights regarding the unexpected move of Hardik Pandya from Gujarat Titans to his former team, Mumbai Indians, just ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.
Shami, who played under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya for two IPL seasons, expressed his views in an interview with Sports24, emphasizing that it’s quite commonplace for proficient players to switch teams within the IPL. He underlined that such moves do not necessarily disrupt the equilibrium of the team.
“It’s not about who is leaving; it’s about maintaining the team’s balance. Hardik was with us, and he led the team commendably. We reached the final in both editions, securing the title in 2022. However, it’s crucial to remember that Gujarat didn’t have a lifetime commitment from Hardik.“
While acknowledging Pandya’s successful tenure as the captain of Gujarat Titans, Shami delved into the responsibilities now entrusted to the newly appointed captain, Shubman Gill. He expressed confidence in Gill’s abilities, stating that the young cricketer possesses the talent to shoulder these responsibilities effectively.
“Shubman is now the captain, and with time, he will gather valuable experience. Eventually, he might also explore opportunities elsewhere. It’s an inherent part of the game – players come and go,” Shami concluded.