"Will Hardik Pandya Captain Mumbai Indians?" - Aakash Chopra

Updated - 25 Nov 2023, 11:34 AM

Aakash Chopra and Hardik Pandya
Aakash Chopra and Hardik Pandya (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra reacted to the rumors about all-rounder Hardik Pandya moving from the Gujarat Titans (GT) to the Mumbai Indians (MI). Chopra questioned whether Pandya would consider joining MI, especially if he is not appointed as the captain.

Various reports indicate that Hardik Pandya may return to his former franchise, the Mumbai Indians, before the IPL 2024 mini-auction. Some media reports suggest a potential trade involving Pandya and Rohit Sharma, although no official confirmation has been provided.

Will He Be Made Mumbai’s Captain? – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra expressed uncertainty about the potential move of Rohit Sharma to the Titans. Chopra emphasized that Pandya led the Titans to the final twice in the two editions, including one title victory.

“A rumor is doing the rounds that Hardik is moving towards Mumbai. It has been heard, no confirmation has come. If he is leaving, firstly Gujarat are releasing him – won once and reached the final once. If he is leaving, will he be made Mumbai’s captain? Why would you go if you are not being made the captain?”

“I have not heard the end or the start of this story properly. So I am waiting and watching that what happens there because it seems like something will happen. There is no smoke without fire and there is smoke for sure that Hardik is going. However, will Rohit Sharma go to GT? Is that a possibility – I don’t know.”

Will Be A Debate About Jofra Archer – Aakash Chopra

The former Indian opener suggested that Mumbai might consider releasing Jofra Archer, given that Jasprit Bumrah will be available this time. He highlighted that releasing Archer could free up eight crores to make strategic purchases in the auction.

“I feel there will be a debate about Jofra Archer. Mumbai will think about what they should do. Do they stay with him because (Jasprit) Bumrah will become available this time?”

“Eight crores are stuck there, so whether they should keep him or not, what is the point? You can loosen your purse by probably releasing Jofra. You get some money.”

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