Hardik Pandya's 'amusing' reply to PM Modi on hooting in IPL: 'I always thought my answer to the critics would be…'


July 06, 2024 02:46 pm IST

Hardik Pandya made this statement when the Indian team met the Prime Minister at his residence in New Delhi after arriving in India on Thursday morning.

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Thursday opened up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about how he managed to deal with the criticism he faced over the last few months in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and then bounced back to help Team India win the T20 World Cup for the second time in history. Hardik made the statement when the victorious Indian team met the Prime Minister at his residence in New Delhi after arriving in India on Thursday morning.

Hardik Pandya revealed about hooting in IPL during a conversation with PM Modi
Hardik Pandya revealed about hooting in IPL during a conversation with PM Modi

Hardik faced brutal backlash from fans on social media ahead of the 2024 IPL season after Mumbai Indians appointed him as captain in place of Rohit Sharma. This soon turned into booing and jeering from the audience at every venue Mumbai Indians played during the tournament, which later affected their performance as well.

Speaking to Prime Minister Modi, Hardik revealed that despite the tough phase in his career, he did not lose his patience while hitting back at his critics but believed that his performance will speak for itself.

He said, “The last 6 months have been very entertaining for me, there were a lot of ups and downs and people made fun of me. A lot of things happened and I always felt that if I give any answer, it will be through sports only… So I was confident that I will stay strong, work hard.”

Moving on from a forgettable IPL season, where MI finished bottom of the table for the second time in three seasons, Hardik played a pivotal role during the T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies, especially in crucial moments for Team India, including the final, where he dismissed the dangerous Heinrich Klaasen and picked up two wickets in the last over to successfully defend 16 runs, helping India win by seven runs. Overall, he scored 144 runs in six innings at a strike rate of 151.57 and picked up 11 wickets in the entire tournament.

Hardik's comeback story finally turned into a fairy tale when the same crowd started chanting his name while the Indian team was being felicitated at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday night. Hardik was shocked to see this sight, but then he got up from his seat and started accepting the applause of the audience.


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