IPL 2024
Netizens React As Hardik Pandya Omits Jasprit Bumrah From New Ball Duty
By CricShots - Mar 24, 2024 9:36 pm
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Fans on Twitter were quick to react as Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Hardik Pandya made a surprising decision not to give the new ball to Jasprit Bumrah in their match against Gujarat Titans (GT) in the ongoing IPL 2024. The clash, being the 5th game of the season, unfolded at the Narendra Modi International Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya was booed at the toss

Despite expectations that Bumrah would start with the new ball, Pandya opted to take it himself, a move that raised eyebrows among fans. However, the decision backfired as GT’s openers, Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha, launched an aggressive onslaught on Pandya’s bowling during the powerplay.

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In contrast, Luke Wood, who received the new ball alongside Pandya, bowled a more economical over, conceding only 6 runs. It wasn’t until the 4th over that Pandya handed the ball to Bumrah, who immediately made an impact with a stunning yorker that shattered Saha’s stumps.

Despite this success, Bumrah was surprisingly removed from the attack after just one over, leaving fans puzzled by Pandya’s tactics. The skipper himself faced criticism from the crowd, evident from the boos he received during the toss and his expensive bowling figures of 20 runs conceded in two overs.

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Reacting to Pandya’s decision on Twitter, fans expressed their disappointment and frustration, questioning the skipper’s strategy in the crucial encounter at the Narendra Modi International Stadium. The unexpected move sparked a flurry of reactions, with many users sharing their thoughts and opinions on the platform.

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