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“Going To Be A Ride No One Will Forget”: Hardik Pandya On Mumbai Indians Return For IPL 2024

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Back in Mumbai Indians colours, star all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Friday vowed to play a brand of cricket which no one will forget as he leads the five-time champions this IPL season. Pandya was traded by MI from Gujarat Titans ahead of the upcoming season. He made his IPL debut with MI in 2015 and won four titles with the side before joining GT in 2022. He lead GT to a title win in the same season. “The feeling of wearing this colour is very special for me. Journey started here, coming back home and playing is always going to be special,” said Pandya, who replaces Rohit Sharma as captain, in a video posted by the franchise on social media.

“We will make sure we will play a brand of cricket which all will be proud of and at the same point of time it’s going to be a ride no one will forget.” Pandya was welcomed back with open arms by MI head coach Mark Boucher, who backed him to do well.

“He (Pandya) certainly knows the changing room better than what I do. It’s sort of homecoming for couple of people.

“He has fitted in really well and is excited for the season. We look forward to having him back and winning some games for Mumbai Indians again,” told Boucher in another MI video.

“At the start of each season, everyone is very excited. There’s a couple of new faces around, so there’s a little bit of nerves as well. We would like building up to the start of the season.” MI will open their IPL campaign against GT in Ahmedabad on March 24.

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