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Indian World Cup Winner Slams Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians For Poor Tactics vs KKR

Sehwag criticized Hardik's placement in the batting order for MI, highlighting how he used to bat higher up for Gujarat Titans.
03:25 PM May 04, 2024 IST | Shashwat Nishant
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Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag criticized Mumbai Indians' (MI) strategy during their IPL 2024 match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday, which resulted in a 24-run defeat for MI. Despite chasing a target of 170, Mumbai lost wickets regularly and were eventually dismissed for 145 runs in 18.5 overs at the Wankhede Stadium.

'Are These Players That Bad?'

"KKR saved Andre Russell; he played only two balls. Mumbai Indians saved Hardik Pandya and Tim David. What did you achieve by doing that? There were many deliveries left, and they all got out. You could've come earlier, or maybe you could've finished the game earlier, too. I don't know what happens to them when they chase... Hardik Pandya at seven and Tim David at 8. I just don't understand what they did. Are these players that bad that they will get out if they come earlier?" Sehwag told Cricbuzz.

Sehwag expressed bewilderment at the decision to send captain Hardik Pandya and Tim David to bat at No.7 and No.8, respectively. He also questioned KKR's decision to place star all-rounder Andre Russell lower down the batting order.

"Hardik Pandya batted at 4 consistently when he was the GT captain. What has happened here? It baffles me that the experienced players are coming so low. I'm baffled by this. Management needs to take severe action on players and ask them what's happening. Or, players should speak up about why their batting positions are changed. The captain, batting coach, bowling coach, and support staff are at fault here. Owners need to ask strict questions," he added.

Sehwag criticized Hardik's placement in the batting order for MI, highlighting how he used to bat higher up for Gujarat Titans. He suggested that the MI management should take decisive action against both the players and the management.

Regarding the defeat, Hardik stated that his team failed to establish crucial partnerships, and many unanswered questions require time to address. However, he refrained from elaborating further on the matter at the moment.

Also Read: ‘He Has Failed MI’, Indian Legend Slams Hardik Pandya After KKR Defeat

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