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Hardik Pandya-Mumbai Indians trade is only possible if MI releases these players

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Hardik Pandya-Mumbai Indians trade only possible if MI releases these players

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is all set to make a comeback to the IPL team Mumbai Indians, which had identified his extraordinary talent in 2015. A media source tracking the developments of Gujarat Titans’ camping of the 2024 season gave this big but unexpected news. Hardik who made the Ahmedabad-based franchise champions in their inaugural IPL season (2022) was bought by Titans for the whopping amount of approximately ₹15 crore.

ESPNCricinfo, a sports news website focused on cricket identified this development and hinted at the possible biggest trade in IPL history. According to the site, the player retention deadline expires on November 26 at 4 pm IST and if Gujarat and Mumbai agree and let the trade materialize, MI will be paying GT the whole fee of ₹15 crore along with an undisclosed transfer fee. ESPN also reported that Hardik will be getting up to 50% of the transfer fee.

Mumbai Indians trade for Hardik Pandya is possible only if…

But that’s not all, this year each franchise will have a spending limit of ₹100 crore to build a team, which is ₹5 crore up from the 2023 season, with Mumbai having only ₹50 lakh left from last season. This means, MI has only ₹5.50 crore in their packet for the trade. In such a situation, if they go for Hardik, MI may have to discharge some big players from their squad, which hints at the potential release of England-pacer Jofra Archer (₹8 crore) or young Australian all-rounder Cameron Green (₹17.50 crore).

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Although it should be noted both franchises have remained tight-lipped on the trade so far and all these reports are based on the sources tracking the developments of the biggest cricket league in the world.

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Hardik Pandya’s IPL Journey

Talking of Hardik Pandya’s IPL journey, bought by MI in 2015 at the price of just ₹10 lakh, he wore the blue jersey for seven seasons. In 2022, the new IPL team Gujarat Titans brought in Hardik for ₹15 crore and appointed the all-rounder as their captain. Under Hardik’s captaincy, the team won the IPL trophy in their inaugural season 2022, while in the 2023 season, the team finished second after losing to Chennai Super Kings in a thrilling final.

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Playing for the five-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians, Hardik in 92 matches scored 1,476 runs along with taking 42 wickets as well. For GT in the last two seasons, he has scored 833 runs and has taken 11 wickets in 31 games.

Twitterati react to possible change

After the news surfaced in the media, netizens on social media are giving strong reactions to this possible trade of Hardik Pandya to Mumbai Indians. Here are a few of them-

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FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers: Spirited India go down against world No. 27 Iran

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The Indian men’s basketball team faced a tough challenge against Iran in their FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers match, ultimately losing 53-86. Despite being ranked lower, India showed determination and skill, impressing the crowd at the K.D. Jadhav Indoor Hall, Indira Gandhi Stadium.

India, ranked 81st, took on 27th-ranked Iran with energy and spirit, initially taking the lead. However, Iran’s physicality allowed them to gain momentum and control. India stayed in the game, trailing by just three points after the first quarter, showcasing their potential.

Despite India’s efforts to match Iran’s pace and shooting accuracy, the rebounding game proved to be a challenge. The hosts struggled on the boards, leading to a halftime score of 32-42 in favor of Iran. Pranav Prince shone for India with 11 points, supported by Arvind Kumar Muthu Krishnan and Muin Bek Hafeez contributing nine points each.

Head coach Vaseline Matic expressed confidence in the team’s talent and potential for growth, emphasizing the need for more experience. With upcoming qualifiers in November and planned exposure trips, the team aims to improve and deliver winning performances. Iranian coach Hakan Demor praised Indian forward Pranav Prince for his impressive performance, highlighting the promising future of the young Indian team.

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KIUG 2023: Sonia’s anchor-leg hand 4×100 relay gold to Chaudhary Ranbir Singh University (round-up)

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KIUG 2023: Sonia’s anchor-leg hand 4x100 relay gold to Chaudhary Ranbir Singh University (round-up)

In a thrilling 4x100m relay final at the 4th Khelo India University Games 2023, Sonia from Chaudhary Ranbir Singh University staged a remarkable comeback on the anchor leg to secure gold. The quartet clocked 48.61s to claim victory, overtaking University of Calicut and Mahatma Gandhi University.

Sonia shared her special feeling before the race, stating, “I could go quite fast in the anchor leg.” She dedicated the win to coach Surender Singh’s birthday, expressing happiness for delivering for the team. Chandigarh University maintained their lead in the overall medal standings, crossing the 50-medal mark with 23 gold, 15 silver, and 16 bronze medals.

Lovely Professional University held onto second place with 12 gold, 10 silver, and three bronze medals. Jain University secured two gold medals through Kusuma Ravada and the women’s tennis team, bringing their tally to 10 gold, 6 silver, and 6 bronze. KIIT University claimed the men’s tennis team gold with a 2-1 victory over SRM University.

In fencing, Manipur University’s W. Sonia Devi stunned Riya Bakshi of Guru Nanak Dev University in the Women’s Foil category. Bakshi, a previous gold medalist, was defeated 15-10 by Devi, who showed an aggressive approach. Vikas Khodke from Shivaji University tripped near the finish line in the 110m hurdles, settling for silver as Sahil Gedam of University of Mumbai claimed gold.

Overall, the Khelo India University Games showcased fierce competition and outstanding performances from athletes across various disciplines, highlighting the talents and dedication of Indian university students.–IANS

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India concludes Asian Track Cycling Championships with 18 medals including 9 gold

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India concludes Asian Track Cycling Championships with 18 medals including 9 gold

India concluded its 43rd Senior, 30th Junior, and 12th Para Asian Track Cycling Championships with an impressive medal tally of 9 gold, 6 silver, and 3 bronze medals, showcasing the nation’s talent and determination. Para-cyclists shone with 8 gold and 4 silver medals, highlighting their prowess on the international stage.

The Asian Track Cycling Championships in New Delhi saw Malaysia emerge as the top medal winner with 19 gold medals, followed by Japan and Korea. On the final day, India added a silver and a historic bronze medal in the Madison event of the women’s junior category, with Harshita Jakhar’s outstanding performance stealing the show.

Harshita Jakhar’s stellar display in the Madison event earned her a bronze medal, adding to her earlier silver in Individual Pursuit and bronze in Team Pursuit events. Her father expressed pride in her achievements, foreseeing a bright future for his daughter in cycling. In the same competition, Indian rider Ronaldo Laitonjam placed 5th in the 1km Time Trial event.

Despite facing challenges, Indian cyclist Harshveer Singh Sekhon demonstrated resilience by finishing 12th in the Men’s Senior Omnium Race, reflecting the determination of Indian athletes on the global stage. The General Secretary of the Cycling Federation of India praised the team’s performance, emphasizing the growth potential in the sport.

India’s successful campaign in the championships highlights the nation’s progress and competitiveness in track cycling. With a focus on nurturing and supporting its athletes, the Cycling Federation of India aims to continue its success in future competitions, representing the country with pride and determination.

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