According to a report, the new IPL franchise Ahmedabad is considering multi-talented Hardik Pandya to lead. Pandya was launched last year by the long-running Indian franchise of Mumbai, although it has been an integral part of its creation since its inception in 2015.
The Mumbai Indians, five-time IPL winners, decided to retain captain Rohit Sharma, hitter Suryakumar Yadav, Jaspri Pomrah, Jasper Pomrah, and Kieron Pollard while releasing the rest of the team.
Pandya represented the franchise in 92 games, scoring 1,476 points with an average of 27.33 and also collecting 42 wickets. He worked primarily as a terminator, often tearing up the system.
Investment firm CVC Capital has won the tender for IPL's Ahmedabad franchise, while the Lucknow-based team will be owned by RPG Group. The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry has reportedly given both teams until the end of January to sign three players of their choice ahead of the massive auction in February.
According to a report in India Today, in addition to Pandya, Imtiaz Ahmedabad is also hoping to bring in Rashid Khan and beat Ishan Kishan.
Rashid was released by the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise, who decided to keep Kane Williamson, Imran Malik and Abdul Samad. Kishan was liberated by Mumbai Indians.
Pandya's stock has gone down since he had major back surgery, after which he couldn't hold back at full speed. As a result, he also lost his place in the Indian Test team.
The last time he played for India was at the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE, where the team could not get past the group stage. He was not selected for the three-game T20I series against New Zealand after the main event and there were conflicting reports behind the decision.
Initially, his physique was reported as the main reason why he didn't make up the team, but then TOI reported that the Selectors saw no advantage in playing Pandya only as a hitter.
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