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Ex-pacer Balaji says Hardik will need to win the dressing room to find success at Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024

In their first Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match, Mumbai Indians faced off against Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The focus was on current captain Hardik Pandya and former skipper Rohit Sharma, with media scrutinizing every action and interaction between the two.

Former India pacer Laxmipathy Balaji emphasized the importance of Pandya winning over the dressing room to succeed as the new captain. Balaji mentioned on Star Sports Press Room that it will take time for Pandya to earn the trust of his teammates, especially when replacing a successful leader like Sharma in Mumbai Indians.

Former Australia cricketer Tom Moody expressed confidence in Pandya’s long-term captaincy role, stating that a sudden switch in leadership would be short-sighted. Moody stressed the importance of Pandya building strong relationships within the team to ensure his success in the future.

Next, Mumbai Indians will face Rajasthan Royals in their first home match at the Wankhede Stadium on April 1. Despite a history of slow starts, Mumbai Indians will aim to secure their first points of IPL 2024 in the upcoming match against Rajasthan Royals.


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