Hardik Pandya Set to Return to Mumbai Indians

Hardik Pandya Set to Return to Mumbai Indians – Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, sidelined from the World Cup due to an ankle injury, is poised to make a comeback to his former Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Mumbai Indians, according to reports. The Mukesh Ambani-owned team is reportedly finalizing a lucrative all-cash deal, including Pandya’s salary of Rs 15 crore and an undisclosed transfer fee paid to Gujarat Titans, his current franchise.

During his two seasons with Gujarat Titans, Pandya showcased his all-round prowess, amassing 833 runs in 30 innings at an impressive average of 41.65 and a strike rate of 133.49. Additionally, he contributed with the ball, taking 11 wickets with an economy rate of 8.1.

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The departure of Pandya from Gujarat Titans has led the franchise to search for a new captain for the upcoming IPL season. The frontrunners for the captaincy role are reported to be Indian opener Shubman Gill and New Zealand’s experienced skipper Kane Williamson. Gill, who had a stellar IPL 2023, winning the Orange Cap with 890 runs in 17 matches, is a strong contender. His outstanding form included three centuries in the last five games of the season, making him only the third batsman to score over 800 runs in a single IPL season.

On the other hand, Kane Williamson boasts a stellar international captaincy record, leading New Zealand to the finals of the 2019 World Cup and the 2021 World Test Championship. Despite New Zealand’s semifinal defeat in the ICC World Cup 2023 against India, Williamson’s leadership credentials remain highly regarded.can you make better then this?

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