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IPL 2024: Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya during MI vs RR match.© Twitter

Another day in the IPL for Mumbai Indians, and once again Hardik Pandya felt the wrath of the crowd. Since he replaced Rohit Sharma as MI captain, Pandya has received an unprecedented amount of hate on social media and on ground. This time it happened at the Wankhede stadium, MI’s stadium. Fans started booing the Mumbai Indians captain as he came out for the toss in their IPL match against Rajasthan Royals on Monday, even as chants of ‘Rohit…Rohit’ echoed throughout the Wankhede Stadium.

But, with bat in hand, Pandya managed to get the crowd on his side, quickly turning jeers into cheers with half a dozen boundaries during a 21-ball 34, which took his team from 20/4 to 76/5 in the match. Tenth up, when his entertaining drive came to an end.

In fact, the cheers from across the field were as loud as any as Pandya smashed his first four, a far cry from the hostile reception of the night.

However, Mumbai Indians lost the match by six wickets after being restricted to 125/9. Pandya, 29, who replaced Rohit as Mumbai Indians captain in the run-up to the tournament, has already been the subject of public ire for the franchise’s leadership decision during the team’s previous two matches. away from home in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.

Pandya was booed by a section of the crowd before the toss when he was doing laps around the field as a warm-up exercise.

The flamboyant all-rounder was booed again when his name was announced at the time of the toss, to which Pandya just smiled as loud chants in support of former Mumbai captain Rohit filled the venue.

The taunts continued when Pandya started speaking after losing the toss to Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson, forcing host Sanjay Manjrekar to ask the crowd to “behave”.

Just then, Rohit, in his training uniform, was meeting his former teammate Harbhajan Singh, who was on the field as one of the commentators on the pre-match show.

If the relentless booing was not enough, Pandya again found himself at the receiving end of crowd discontent, especially from Sachin Tendulkar’s stand when he came out to bat with his team reeling at 20/4 in the fourth over.

Later, a video emerged in which Rohit appeared to ask the crowd to stop booing his successor.

“The day Hardik wins a game for MI by contributing big, he will enter Wankhede to a hero’s welcome! Wankhede will soon sing ‘Navratri maa Daandiya, Wankhede maa Pandya’,” said ‘North’ party member Nish Navalkar. Stand Gang’ at the iconic venue.

Also, according to officials here, fans were allowed to enter the stadium only after their banners were confiscated due to an election commission directive given to the Mumbai Police.

However, there was an element of miscommunication and misinterpretation, as the board tried to not allow political banners, but fans complained on social media that all the banners were removed.

However, there were some fans who were able to carry their banners inside.

With PTI inputs

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