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‘Hardik Pandya is the future’: Navjot Singh Sidhu

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Hardik Pandya’s return to MI hasn’t gone as planned. Mumbai are currently eighth in the IPL 2024 points table with only one win in four matches. Having replaced veteran Rohit Sharma as skipper, Hardik will be hoping to build some momentum in the upcoming fixtures. Hardik’s IPL captaincy is also important as he is seen as India’s future skipper which was further clarified by former player Navjot Singh Sidhu. Speaking to India Today, Sidhu called Pandya ‘the future’ of Indian cricket and called him a ‘natural choice.’

Currently participating in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Hardik Pandya is having a tough time as Mumbai Indians captain. The all-rounder rejoined MI in a shock transfer ahead of the auction last year. He was released by MI in 2022 and was purchased by Gujarat Titans, who immediately made him skipper. He led GT to the IPL title in their debut season, followed by a runners-up finish.

“Hardik Pandya is the future. Rohit is now around 36-37. He has a couple more years left. He is a superb captain and a wonderful player. If you ask me, he is poetry in motion. Whenever I see him, it looks like time stops. But, you have to actually look forward and prepare the ground for someone to take over,” he said.”I am not advocating Hardik Pandya for Test match captaincy. But, he is your vice-captain. He has captained India in T20Is for close to a year when Rohit was not there. Hardik is your natural choice. That’s why BCCI has named him the team’s vice-captain. There’s a lot of planning, lot of consideration that goes in before BCCI takes a call.”Hardik is a natural choice for white-ball captaincy,” he added.

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