IPL 2024
Irfan Pathan Criticizes Hardik Pandya’s Strike Rate Against SRH
By CricShots - Mar 28, 2024 12:53 pm
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In a high-octane clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians faced a formidable challenge from Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2024. The encounter witnessed an extraordinary batting display from SRH, rewriting IPL records with a monumental total of 277 runs in the first innings.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya

As Mumbai Indians embarked on their chase, their openers Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma displayed promise with scores of 35 and 26 runs, respectively. Tilak Varma’s explosive innings of 64 runs off just 34 deliveries and Tim David’s unbeaten 42* off 22 balls injected hope into Mumbai’s pursuit of the daunting target.

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However, the turning point in the match arrived with Mumbai’s skipper, Hardik Pandya’s performance. Despite his contribution of 24 runs off 20 deliveries, maintaining a strike rate of 120, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan expressed skepticism. Pathan took to social media, questioning Pandya’s strike rate amidst the team’s ambitious chase, emphasizing the need for a higher tempo.

“If the whole team is playing with the strike of 200, Captain can’t bat with the batting strike rate of 120,” Irfan Pathan tweeted.

Mumbai Indians’ disappointing start to IPL 2024 reflects their struggle for momentum. Following an initial loss to Gujarat Titans, the defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad compounds their challenges. Currently occupying the ninth position in the standings with zero points from two matches, Mumbai faces a pivotal juncture in the tournament.

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With their next fixture against Rajasthan Royals slated at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Indians aim for redemption and a reversal of fortunes. The encounter against Rajasthan Royals presents an opportunity for Mumbai to reinvigorate their campaign and secure their first victory in IPL 2024.