Mohammed Shami Opens Up On Hardik’s Move from GT, Stresses Player Mobility’s Norm
By CricShots - Jan 16, 2024 7:25 pm
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Mumbai Indians sent shockwaves through the cricketing world ahead of the IPL 2024 auction by acquiring the services of Hardik Pandya from the Gujarat Titans. The notable move was accompanied by an unexpected decision to appoint Pandya as the captain, supplanting Rohit Sharma, the seasoned leader who guided Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya

This decision drew significant criticism, particularly from Rohit’s devoted fan base, who perceived it as a perceived lack of respect for his substantial contributions to the franchise. Hardik Pandya had previously left the Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2022 to join the Gujarat Titans, a team making its inaugural appearance in the lucrative league.

Under Pandya’s captaincy, the Titans clinched the title in 2022, and in the subsequent year, they finished as the runners-up, narrowly losing to the Chennai Super Kings in the final. Mohammed Shami played a pivotal role for the Titans in both seasons, emerging as the primary bowler for Pandya.

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In response to questions about Hardik Pandya’s departure from the Titans and the potential impact of this move, Mohammed Shami, recently honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award, asserted that player transitions between franchises are an inherent aspect of the sport.

“No one cares about anyone (Hardik Pandya) leaving the franchise. Hardik wanted to leave and he left. He did well as a captain as Gujarat made it to the final twice and also won the title once. He wasn’t tied up to Gujarat for a lifetime,” remarked Mohammed Shami during an interview with Sports24.


Shami, the highest wicket-taker in the ODI World Cup 2023, emphasized that Shubman Gill, announced as the new captain for the Gujarat Titans in IPL 2024, would gain valuable experience, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he explores other opportunities in the future. Shami reiterated that player movements between franchises are a natural aspect of the dynamic cricketing landscape.

“Shubman Gill will also become experienced, and there is a possibility of him playing for another franchise in the future. You can’t stop anyone, as it is part and parcel of the game,” he added.

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Currently recuperating from an ankle injury, Mohammed Shami missed the Test series against South Africa and hasn’t been included in the squad for the first two home Tests against England. The veteran pacer is hopeful of regaining fitness in time for the final three Tests in the five-match series.