Hardik pandya faces fan backlash as mumbai indians struggle in IPL season.

Hardik Pandya, the captain of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been experiencing a challenging season as the team grapples with losses and fan disapproval following his appointment over the beloved Rohit Sharma.

The Mumbai Indians, five-time IPL champions, decided to replace Rohit Sharma, a revered figure in the team and Indian cricket, with Pandya as captain for the current season. Pandya’s return to Mumbai from Gujarat was met with mixed reactions, especially from Rohit’s loyal fan base.

Despite high hopes, Mumbai’s performance under Pandya’s leadership has been disappointing, marked by three consecutive defeats, the latest being at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

In contrast, the Chennai Super Kings smoothly transitioned leadership from Mahendra Singh Dhoni to Ruturaj Gaikwad, with the team reporting a seamless adjustment. However, Pandya’s reception as captain has been starkly different, with fans expressing their dissatisfaction through jeers and chants.

The situation reached a tipping point during Mumbai’s match against the Rajasthan Royals, where Pandya faced continuous hostility from the crowd, prompting interventions from commentators and even gestures from Rohit himself.

Despite his past reputation as a potential successor to Rohit’s captaincy, Pandya admitted to the challenges he faced, acknowledging the tough nights and the team’s struggle to secure victories.

Veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle highlighted the growing clannishness among IPL fans, drawing parallels with football rivalries. However, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin urged fans to remember the national identity of the players and discouraged divisive behavior.

Meanwhile, in Chennai, the atmosphere is markedly different, with Dhoni smoothly transitioning into a mentorship role while guiding new captain Gaikwad from behind the stumps. The team’s performance under Gaikwad’s leadership has been commendable, despite a recent loss to the Delhi Capitals.

As Mumbai Indians continue their quest for a turnaround in the IPL, Pandya faces the daunting task of winning over fans and steering the team back to its winning ways, amidst growing scrutiny and pressure.