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Rift at Indians camp in Mumbai: Senior players unhappy with Hardik Pandya’s public outburst over Tilak Varma
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Rift at Indians camp in Mumbai: Senior players unhappy with Hardik Pandya’s public outburst over Tilak Varma

Struggling Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians is embroiled in internal turmoil as senior members question the functioning of the team led by captain Hardik Pandya. The five-time champions have been officially eliminated from the cash-rich league this season after Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 10 wickets yesterday. The decision to replace Rohit Sharma, who led the team to five IPL titles, with Hardik Pandya was not well received, which is evident from the fans’ vocal displeasure with Pandya during matches. According to reports, key players expressed concerns to the coaching staff over a lack of cohesion in the dressing room, which they attributed to Hardik’s leadership style.

A Mumbai Indians official downplayed them as typical growing pains that come with leadership transitions in the sport, highlighting the adjustment period after a decade under Rohit’s captaincy. Notably, a meeting followed between players and coaching staff, including veterans such as Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah. Grievances were aired during the discussions, pointing out the reasons for the team’s underperformance. Subsequent one-on-one interactions between select seniors and team management representatives followed. Tensions escalated after Hardik Pandya apparently criticized teammate Tilak Varma for a tactical error in his post-match comments.

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“When Axar Patel (DC bowler) was bowling to a left-hander (Tilak), going after him could have been a better option,” Hardik told broadcasters. “I think it was just a little bit of game awareness that we missed. In the end, that cost us the game.” Blaming one player for the team’s failure did not go down well in the locker room, according to sources. . Former Australian captain Michael Clarke even went so far as to say the franchise appears to be divided into factions. “I think there are different groups in that locker room and something isn’t working. They don’t fit together, they don’t play as a team,” Clarke said. ML officials said that, as every year, the franchise will take stock of the season and, if necessary, make a call on the team’s future. Their early elimination means MI’s wait for their sixth IPL title continues, having won their fourth and fifth trophies in 2019 and 2020. Since then, they have made the play-offs just once in four seasons, in 2023 when they were eliminated by Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 2.