Ambati Rayudu Challenges Critics: “Dare To Boo Hardik Pandya Now”
By CricShots - Jul 2, 2024 2:46 pm
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The highest of highs and the lowest of lows—star India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has experienced both extremes over the past six months. After being named the skipper of the Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2024, Pandya faced harsh criticism from fans. Booed at stadiums and subjected to racial slurs on social media, his tenure started under a cloud of negativity.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya was crucial for India’s T20 World Cup triumph

The challenging period continued as Mumbai Indians finished at the bottom of the IPL table, failing to make any significant impact. Despite these setbacks, Pandya’s resilience shone through in the national team. He played a pivotal role in India’s triumph in the T20 World Cup 2024.

After the successful campaign, a visibly emotional Pandya reflected on the arduous journey he had endured over the past half-year. Former India cricketer Ambati Rayudu expressed his happiness for Pandya’s return to form, attributing it to his incredible mental strength. Rayudu highlighted Pandya’s admirable character, noting that his perseverance and positive attitude helped him navigate through the storm.

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“It is great on his part. Such great mental strength and now I dare anybody to boo him in India. You know, if you can. If you can try and do that, you will know you will know it and he is an amazing individual and I have played with him, you know, in my state team,” Ambati Rayudu said on Star Sports as quoted by India Today.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu

“He’s an amazing guy, an amazing human being, and that’s why he could come through this storm, get through this storm that he had just a few months back. To come back that strongly is unbelievable, and now he’s a world champion,” Ambati Rayudu added.

In the final over of the T20 World Cup, South Africa needed 16 runs to win. Rohit Sharma entrusted the ball to Pandya, who rose to the occasion. He dismissed David Miller on the first delivery, a game-changing moment that helped India secure a thrilling victory.

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Pandya’s journey from the lows of IPL disappointment to the pinnacle of T20 World Cup glory underscores his resilience and fortitude. His story is a testament to the power of mental strength and perseverance in overcoming adversity.