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Hardik Pandya Joins Team India In New York for T20 World Cup 2024 Preparations
By CricShots - May 29, 2024 3:52 pm
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After an undisclosed overseas vacation following the conclusion of Mumbai Indians’ disappointing campaign, where they finished last under his leadership, Hardik Pandya, the deputy skipper of Team India for the T20 World Cup 2024, has arrived in the US. He was seen training with his teammates ahead of their only warm-up match against Bangladesh on June 1, 2024.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya

In a recent Instagram post, Hardik shared four images that captured him in a focused and composed demeanour, donning the practice jersey and sunglasses. The photos showcased him participating in a team huddle and jogging alongside his teammates, emphasizing his readiness for the upcoming tournament.

With the T20 World Cup looming, Hardik is eager to elevate his game, especially after a lacklustre IPL season, which fell short of the high expectations placed upon him.

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In 14 IPL matches, the usually aggressive Hardik managed to score only 216 runs. Hardik Pandya’s bowling also left much to be desired, as he struggled to find his rhythm, taking just 11 wickets in 14 games and conceding runs at an alarming economy rate of 10.75.

 

Returning to Mumbai Indians from the Gujarat Titans, where success is the norm and expectations are high, may have added significant pressure on Hardik to perform.

Additionally, the constant criticism from fans, who frequently booed and jeered at him during matches, and relentless trolling on social media may have negatively impacted his confidence, contributing to his sub-par performances in the 17th edition of the IPL.

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However, with the magnitude of the global event and India’s long wait to clinch the title since their initial victory in 2007, Hardik, now serving as vice-captain, is determined to reclaim his peak form and excel on the field. He aims to prioritize strong performances for the country above all else, driven by the desire to end India’s title drought and lead the team to glory on the world stage.