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IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya’s Likely Transfer To Mumbai Indians Continues To Be Talking Point Hours After Retention Deadline

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On the final day of retaining players, there was quite a bit of shake-up in the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Mumbai Indians setup leading to the Indian Premier League auction.

Hardik Pandya’s important-awaited move from the Gujarat elephants to his old ballot, the Mumbai Indians, remained the talking point on Sunday, indeed after the player retention list was made sanctioned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India( BCCI).

According to the BCCI statement, GT has retained Hardik ahead of the Indian Premier League transaction, listed to be held in Dubai on December 19. still, multiple sources in the Indian justice board and the votes claim that the Mumbai Indians have managed to get Hardik on board in an each- cash deal.

None of the votes, still, have offered a statement on the issue as of jotting.

Sources have told that the deal was struck late Sunday evening, after the retention deadline of 5p.m. It was only possible after MI got some redundant credits in its bag, having successfully traded Cameron Green to the Royal contenders Bangalore for17.5 crore.

Still, there will be a toss- up between Shubman Gill and Kane Williamson for the captaincy part, If Hardik leaves the elephants. While Gill, who has had great success with the ballot, remains the front- runner, a section of the think- tank believes that Williamson could be given the responsibility because of his experience leading New Zealand and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

Though he doesn’t enjoy an enviable record in IPL captaincy, Kane Williamson led New Zealand to the final of the ODI World Cup in 2019 and also to the semifinal this time. In 2021, New Zealand reached the final of the T20 World Cup before losing to Australia in the peak clash. Last time, it lost the T20 World Cup semifinal against Pakistan.

Williamson’s struggles with injuries may also be a factor working against him.

Gill, meanwhile, has no way led an IPL or transnational platoon yet.

The trading window will remain open until December 12.

Under recently appointed head trainer Andy Flower and a new director of justice, Mo Bobat, RCB passed a massive overhaul. Its bowling line- up will bear a new look after releasing Josh Hazlewood, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Harshal Patel.

This publication understands that the query over the vacuity of Hazlewood for the first half of the event could have played a part in the ballot releasing him ahead of the transaction.

With the release of 11 players, the RCB now has a bag of Rs 40.75 crore available. “ These opinions are important. You’re affecting people’s careers. I suppose now that I take the responsibility really seriously, we’ve given good debate time and allowed to those opinions, ” said Flower.

The Mumbai Indians released eleven players, including England leader Jofra Archer, who has been out of action for an extended period with injury. Since joining the ballot a couple of seasons agone, Archer has played in just five games for the five- time champion side.

In stark discrepancy to all the excitement and curiousness girding the Mumbai Indians camp, it was rather calm and quiet in Chennai as the Super lords, on anticipated lines, left out Dwaine Pretorius,K. Bhagath Varma, Subhranshu Senapati, Kyle Jamieson, Akash Singh, and Sisanda Magala. Ben Stokes had formerly pulled out before.

Soon after the retention list was blazoned, the ballot put out a picture of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on social media with the caption, ‘ 2024- A Gift from Thala! Start the hisses! ’ leading to a buzz on whether it was indeed Dhoni’s final season with the ballot. The CSK CEO, still, didn’t wish to make a comment and claimed that it’s up to Dhoni to decide.

Chennai has Rs31.4 crore remaining in its bag, whereas Kolkata Knight Riders, which left out some of its star rookies, including Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, Shakib Al Hasan, and Litton Das, has a bag of Rs32.7 crore.

Under a new tutor, Gautam Gambhir, the Knights are aiming to rebuild after a many disastrous seasons.

“What does Gambhir coming back to KKR mean? Well, it means everything. Gautam has been a family, and we’ve had a good run (during his stint), ” KKR CEO Venky Mysore said.

Still, it’s nearly like a first- eleven side for us, “ If you look at the players we’ve retained. Hope we don’t have too important to do going into the transaction. ”

The mini-auctions are about fine- tuning, and effects could frequently get tricky. still, votes like the Delhi centrals and Punjab lords would hope to fix the weak links.

DC, which hopes to get back the services of its captain Rishabh Pant, has released Rilee Rossouw, Phil Salt, Sarfaraz Khan, Aman Khan, Rovman Powell, and Mustafizur Rahman.

Jaydev Unadkat, Daniel Sams, and Manan Vohra are among those released by the Lucknow Super titans. Kyle Mayers, Quinton de Kock, and Mark Wood are some notable retentions by the ballot.

“It’s fun times, and it’s like a big game of chess. By getting youthful (Devdutt) Padikkal, we wanted to strengthen our Indian top- order fur. He’s a good fielder and a fantastic platoon man. It’s part of our strategy to trade Avesh (Khan), ” said LSG head trainer Justin Langer.

There were no major shake- ups at the Rajasthan Royals and PBKS. “ The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 has thrown up some exceptional gift, and the Indian domestic gift continues to impress. The tough part of this job is deciding which of these exceptional bents you let go, ” said Punjab trainer Trevor Bayliss.

Bayliss ’ former ballot, Sunrisers Hyderabad, left out Harry Brook, who was bought for a whopping Rs13.25 crore last season. Know More Latest IPL News…

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