At a time when Hardik Pandya was receiving a lot of criticism from fans on social media for his outburst against senior pro Mohammed Shami, the Gujarat Titans captain found support from well-known former cricketers. Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann and Australian legend Matthew Hayden put their weight firmly behind Hardik. Despite half a century of Hardik and a decent spell with the ball, Gujarat succumbed to their first loss of IPL 2022 when Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated them on Monday in Mumbai by 8 wickets.
Hardik did not hesitate to show his emotions on the field. In the 13th over of the SRH pursuit, Hardik was hit by SRH captain Kane Williamson for subsequent seasons. A visibly overwhelmed India all-rounder tried to end the rest on a high by bang short delivery to Williamson’s partner Rahul Tripathi, who attempted an uppercut above third. Pandya would have been successful in finishing the top on a high but Mohammed Shami, standing on third, was too late to respond. He then stopped and collected the ball on the jump instead of going for the catches.
Pandya was not happy with Shami’s commitment and was seen raging against the veteran pacer, who did not go well with the fans on social media.
However, Swann said Hardik’s captain should not be blamed.
“I’ll tell you what we should not do. We should not look at it and suddenly say that Hardik is not a good captain. The fact that they did not score enough points they lost the game, not Hardik Pandya’s He shook his packs pretty well “But, of course, your nerves get a little calmer as a skipper or bowler (in exciting situations). It was not Hardik’s captain, but the lack of runs that cost her,” Swann told Star Sports.
In response to Shami’s fielding effort, former Australian opener Matthew Hayden said the senior India pacer should have done better.
“I think this was a very important moment in the game, he bowled with good speed. Mohammed Shami was on the border and he did not make an effort. In fact, he pulled himself back to the border, I will not say that he necessarily prevented the catch. ” said Hayden.
“He had to go really hard inside the boundary. If you do not defend much, it’s about working really hard for your mates, and catching the effort and making the games., To stop a battery to score boundaries, he added.