Mumbai Indians’ newly appointed captain, Hardik Pandya, faces potential absence from the IPL 2024 due to an ankle injury, as confirmed by NDTV sources, casting doubts on his participation.

Mumbai Indians’ skipper Hardik Pandya faces a potential absence from the IPL due to an ankle injury confirmed by NDTV sources. Following his trade from Gujarat Titans before the IPL auction, sources revealed his potential unavailability for the T20I series against Afghanistan and cast doubts on his IPL participation. This injury setback occurred during a World Cup match against Bangladesh in Pune, sidelining him from action.

Having previously played seven seasons with Mumbai, Pandya was released before joining Gujarat Titans. Under his leadership, Gujarat reached consecutive IPL finals, clinching the title in their inaugural season. His recent absence from the South Africa tour and the T20I series versus Australia led Suryakumar Yadav to captain India to a 4-1 win. This setback might significantly impact both Team India and Mumbai Indians, considering Pandya’s role as a dynamic all-rounder and leader.

In the auction, Mumbai Indians secured South African bowler Gerald Coetzee for Rs 5 crore, surpassing RCB and LSG bids. The team bolstered its pace resources by adding Sri Lankan pacers Dilshan Madushanka and Nuwan Thushara. Additionally, in the later rounds, MI grabbed Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi at his base price.

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Last Updated on December 23, 2023

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