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“Irfan Pathan Lambasts Hardik Pandya’s Captaincy and Bowling Skills After Mumbai Indians’ Defeat”


Following Mumbai Indians’ disappointing loss against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, former cricketer Irfan Pathan didn’t hold back in his criticism of captain Hardik Pandya’s leadership and bowling performance. Pandya faced severe backlash from fans and fellow players after his team’s underwhelming performance, with particular scrutiny directed towards his death bowling skills.

"Irfan Pathan Lambasts Hardik Pandya's Captaincy and Bowling Skills After Mumbai Indians' Defeat"

In the high-profile encounter, Pandya’s decision to bowl the final over came under intense scrutiny, especially after he conceded 20 runs in the last four balls, with MS Dhoni leading the onslaught. Pathan, among others, questioned Pandya’s choice to bowl at such a crucial juncture, highlighting what he perceived as a lack of faith in other bowlers.

The 26 runs conceded by Pandya in the final over ultimately proved decisive in Mumbai Indians’ defeat, further intensifying the criticism directed at the captain. Fans have been vocal in their discontentment with Pandya’s leadership, particularly since he assumed the role of captaincy.

Irfan Pathan’s scathing remarks shed light on the growing concerns surrounding Pandya’s leadership capabilities and decision-making on the field. As Mumbai Indians grapple with their performance in the IPL, Pandya faces mounting pressure to deliver results and silence his critics amidst a challenging season.