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Why Mumbai Indians Dropped Hardik Pandya; Zaheer Khan opens his mind

Hardik Pandya has played for the Mumbai Indians in seven IPL seasons since 2015. Meanwhile, he played in all 4 IPL titles the team won. Hardy, who is excellent at both hitting and bowling, is one of the main reasons to join the Indian team. However, the Mumbai Indians had to remove Hardik, who had been an integral part of their squad for seven years, before the star auction. So Hardy will be featured in the Star Auction next month. Hardik, who is currently one of India’s best all-rounders, was given the opportunity to stay on the team but Mumbai didn’t try, much to the team’s fans’ surprise. In an interview with the Times of India yesterday, Mumbai Indians cricket director Zaheer Khan spoke about not keeping Hardik on the team.

Zaheer Khan says the return process is very complicated. He pointed out that decisions about whereabouts were made for a number of reasons, including Hardick’s failure to keep.

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Hardick has been struggling with fitness problems for the past few days. The player was also absent from bowling at the last IPL. There is evidence that Mumbai did not keep Hardik in the squad given his fitness. But even if he is not in good shape at the moment, he is expected to win gold at the IPL Star Auction.

Hardik, who has won the IPL four times with Mumbai, also has a personal best in the tournament. The 28-year-old, who played for Mumbai in 92 IPL games, scored 1,476 runs and won 42 wickets.

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Meanwhile, the Mumbai Indians, who didn’t keep Hardik before the Megastar auction, have kept four players in the roster, including skipper Rohit Sharma. Of this, the franchise, which Rohit retires for Rs 16 crore, Jaspreet Bumra for Rs 12 crore, has spent Rs 8 crore to keep Suryakumar Yadav and Rs 6 crore to keep Kieron Pollard.

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