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Hardik Pandya’s Potential Move Back to Mumbai Indians
Hardik Pandya, India’s T20I captain, is at the center of the most significant trading news ahead of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) auction. The Gujarat Titans skipper could be on his way out and is being linked with a potential return to Mumbai Indians.
Speculations and Deals
While Mumbai Indians have refused to comment on the development, fans and cricket enthusiasts have to wait until November 26, the closing day for IPL’s trading window, for any concrete updates.
Pandya, who had previously played seven seasons for Mumbai Indians before being released prior to the 2022 season, led the Gujarat Titans to back-to-back IPL finals, including clinching the trophy in their debut season.
An IPL source tracking developments in Gujarat Titans stated, “Yes, I can confirm that there have been talks of Hardik going to MI. There remains a chance that he might switch sides, but at this moment, nothing more can be confirmed as the deal is yet to be signed.”
Uncertainties and Potential Swaps
Since trading involves swapping of players, it remains unclear who might switch over to the Titans if Pandya returns to the Mumbai Indians fold.
There is also no confirmation yet from Mumbai Indians whether they have decided to release their ₹8 crore mega buy, Jofra Archer, who has been injured for a significant portion of the last two seasons.
The IPL Governing Council has increased the purse by an additional ₹5 crore, which means Mumbai Indians go into the mini-auction with ₹5.50 crore, up from the existing ₹50 lakh purse, unless they decide to release some of their big buys to increase the reserve money.
Playing Under Rohit Sharma
If Pandya does sign up for Mumbai Indians, one of the big questions that arise is whether he is going to play under iconic captain Rohit Sharma, who has led the side to five trophies and has been in prime form.
Many questions remain unanswered for now, and the picture will only be clear once the BCCI officially announces the final trading list.
Keep an eye on the latest cricket news to stay updated on the potential developments in Hardik Pandya’s IPL trading journey.