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GT vs MI, IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya begins Mumbai Indians captaincy stint against former team Gujarat Titans | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: All eyes will be on Hardik Pandya as he embarks on his captaincy journey with the Mumbai Indians, facing off against his old team Gujarat Titans in their opening match on Sunday.
Pandya’s return to the Mumbai Indians marks a significant chapter in his career, having previously led the Titans to title victories and runners-up finishes in the past two seasons.
The star all-rounder’s leadership skills will be put to the test as he steps into the shoes of his predecessor, Rohit Sharma, aiming to continue the franchise’s rich legacy.
The IPL also serves as Pandya’s comeback platform following a ‘freak’ ankle injury suffered during the ODI World Cup in October. With the T20 World Cup on the horizon, Pandya’s performance with both bat and ball will be closely monitored throughout the tournament.
Meanwhile, Titans will be led by Shubman Gill, who takes on the captaincy role with minimal experience in leadership. The team will look to maintain its impressive consistency under Gill’s guidance.
However, MI have been grappling with fitness concerns among key players, including Suryakumar Yadav, Jason Behrendorff, and Dilshan Madushanka, who are sidelined due to injuries. New recruit Gerald Coetzee’s availability for the initial matches remains uncertain as he recovers from a groin injury.
Rohit, the mastermind behind MI’s five IPL titles, returns as a player this season, aiming to hit top form ahead of the upcoming ICC event in June. Ishan Kishan, another crucial player for Mumbai, seeks redemption after losing his BCCI central contract, emphasizing the intense competition for the wicketkeeper-batsman slot in the World Cup squad.
MI boast quality all-round options in Mohammad Nabi and Romario Shepherd, while domestic talents like Akash Madhwal and Nehal Wadhera aim to make their mark in the tournament.
For the Titans, the return of Rashid Khan from a back surgery provides a significant boost, while new recruits like Spencer Johnson and Azmatullah Omarazai will look to leave a lasting impression in the world’s premier T20 league.
As Pandya leads the MI and Gill takes charge of the Titans, IPL fans can expect exhilarating cricketing action as the battle for supremacy unfolds in the weeks to come.
Squads:
Mumbai Indians: Hardik Pandya (c), Rohit Sharma, Dewald Brevis, Jasprit Bumrah, Piyush Chawla, Gerald Coetzee, Tim David, Shreyas Gopal, Ishan Kishan, Anshul Kamboj, Kumar Kartikeya, Akash Madhwal, Kwena Maphaka, Mohammad Nabi, Shams Mulani, Naman Dhir, Shivalik Sharma, Romario Shepherd, Arjun Tendulkar, Nuwan Thushara, Tilak Varma, Vishnu Vinod, Nehal Wadhera, Luke Wood, Suryakumar Yadav.
Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Spencer Johnson, Kartik Tyagi, Josh Little, Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Sushant Mishra, Darshan Nalkande, Noor Ahmad, Rashid Khan, Wriddhiman Saha, Sai Kishore, Sai Sudharsan, M Shahrukh Khan, Vijay Shankar, BR Sharath, Mohit Sharma, Manav Suthar, Rahul Tewatia, Matthew Wade, Kane Williamson, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav.
Match starts 7:30 PM IST.
(With inputs from PTI)

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