Highlights

  • Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans have confirmed the return of Hardik Pandya to the Mumbai franchise
  • GT official revealed Pandya's desire to return back to MI
  • Nita Ambani thrilled to welcome him back

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Gujarat Titan's director Vikram Solanki reveals reason for Hardik Pandya's trade to Mumbai Indians

In a highly anticipated announcement, both Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans have officially confirmed the return of Hardik Pandya to the Mumbai franchise for the 2024 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Pandya, a key player in Mumbai Indians' triumphs in four out of five IPL seasons from 2015 to 2021, had ventured to the Gujarat Titans, leading them to victory in their inaugural season in 2022.

Despite the Titans reaching the IPL final last year, the team faced an unexpected setback with the departure of their captain. Speculations arose, suggesting that Mumbai Indians would need to match the Titans' substantial annual fee of Rs 15 crore to secure Pandya's return in the mega auction. The deal also involved the transfer of Australian all-rounder Cameron Green from Mumbai Indians to Royal Challengers Bangalore.

In a joint statement released on Monday, both teams shed light on the decision to release Pandya. Vikram Solanki, the Director of Cricket for the Titans, acknowledged Pandya's significant contributions and stated, "As the first captain of Gujarat Titans, Hardik Pandya has played a pivotal role in delivering two fantastic seasons, resulting in winning one IPL championship and reaching the final. He has now expressed a desire to return to his original team, Mumbai Indians. We respect his decision and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours."

Conversely, Mumbai Indians expressed their delight at Pandya rejoining their squad. Nita Ambani, the team's representative, expressed enthusiasm, stating, "We are thrilled to welcome Hardik back home! It’s a heartwarming reunion with our Mumbai Indians family! From being a young scouted talent of Mumbai Indians to now being a Team India star, Hardik has come a long way, and we’re excited about what the future holds for him and Mumbai Indians!"


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