Mohammed Shami, the ace bowler of India and Gujarat Titans (GT), has opened up about his former teammate and captain Hardik Pandya’s controversial move to Mumbai Indians (MI) ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Pandya, who led GT to glory in 2022 and to the final in 2023, has decided to join MI, where he was traded before the auctions and named as the skipper.
Mohammed Shami, however, has brushed off Pandya’s departure, saying, ‘Kisi ke jane se kisi ko fark nahi padta’ (The departure of someone doesn’t make a difference to someone else).
Pandya was the star performer for GT in the past two seasons, displaying his all-round prowess with both bat and ball. He scored a whopping 487 runs and took eight wickets in 2022, leading GT to their maiden IPL title.
He followed it up with 346 runs and three wickets in 2023, taking GT to the final, where they lost to Chennai Super Kings. Pandya’s return to MI, where he started his IPL career, has raised many eyebrows, as he will now lead the most successful franchise in the league’s history.
Shami, on the other hand, has expressed his confidence in GT’s new captain, Shubman Gill, who has been handed the reins after Pandya’s exit. Shami, who has been a vital cog in GT’s bowling attack, is also looking forward to continuing his impressive form in the IPL. He took 20 wickets in 2022 and 28 wickets in 2023, becoming one of the leading wicket-takers in the league. Shami, who is also a key member of the Indian team, is hopeful that GT will overcome Pandya’s absence and challenge for the title again.
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