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‘Respect Your Seniors,’ Hardik Pandya Slammed For Shouting At Shami After He Dropped Catch



Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans were the only invincible side heading into their last night’s league game but this tag was snatched away by Kane Williamson’s SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.

After notching up a hat-trick of wins in their first three encounters, the IPL debutants saw their winning run halted by a spirited SRH side that handed them a eight-wicket defeat in a lop-sided contest.

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Batting first, Gujarat Titans finished with a decent but below par-score of 162 for seven, thanks to a slow but crucial fifty from their captain, who finished on unbeaten 50 off 42 balls.

The Gujarat Titans bowlers knew to defend a moderate total like this they would have to bowl out of their skin. But sadly, none of them came to the party and they eventually lost the match quite convincingly, opening their account in the defeats section.

It was a game of small margins and it was natural that tempers ran high. There was a moment when Mohammed Shami dropped a catch off Hardik’s bowling and the GT captain shouted at his fast-bowling spearhead in quite an aggressive manner.

Dear Hardik, you are a terrible captain. Stop taking it out on your teammates, particularly someone as senior as Shami. #IPL #IPL2022 #GTvsSRH pic.twitter.com/9yoLpslco7

— Bodhisattva #DalitLivesMatter (@insenroy) April 11, 2022

The 28-year-old yelling at one of the senior most players in his squad evoked mixed reactions on the internet, with some criticising Pandya’s deplorable behaviour, while others supporting his actions.

It’s crazy that we ask a captain to deal with senior and junior separayely. It’s a game and anyone can ask a team member to go extra mile.

— Bijay (@mangaraj5) April 12, 2022

It’s crazy that we ask a captain to deal with senior and junior separayely. It’s a game and anyone can ask a team member to go extra mile.

— Bijay (@mangaraj5) April 12, 2022

If he is too senior let him retire. Fielding sets the game. So..

— Devprasad E (@EDevSun) April 12, 2022

He too shouted on miller the same way when he got run out when it was only his mistake
A terrible captain

— Sudhanshu kumar (@Sudhans96457458) April 12, 2022

The Hardik supporters argued that anyone who makes a fielding mistake, irrespective of their status in the team, must be held accountable for their lapses and the GT skipper was doing just that.

Not at all an example of good leadership.. look at @kanewilliamson1 @KaneWilliamson2 whose team mate dropped 3 catches and he was just smiling and that's enough to boost teammates confidence.@MdShami11 he's a senior player and deserves respect for what he has done last night.

— #unter R@j@t (@Rajat_Duggal) April 12, 2022

Hardik should have discipline first any sports what ever may be the situation you should be clam and composed being a captain abusing a senior wouldn't win you games i appreciate MS and Kane for their leadership just clam cool that's the reason now they are so successful

— RaFï (@ShaikRa59929408) April 11, 2022

Captaincy seems to have gone into his head . Shami is their strike bowler and let him not mess with him

— DrA JaganMohanReddy (@Jaganmo05121164) April 12, 2022

There were many people who bashed Hardik’s behaviour and urged him to learn from players like MS Dhoni and Kane Williamson who always maintain a cool and calm demeanour, no matter what and that’s why people love and admire them so much. 

This was not the first time Hardik has lashed out at one of his senior players. In their match against Punjab Kings, the Baroda all-rounder was seen fuming at South Africa’s David Miller  after his own mistake got him runout in the final over.

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Leading an IPL franchise for the first time, Hardik has done a great job so far but shouting at his own players has made him a devil in the eyes of many fans. If he wants to be a successful leader he must learn how to channelise his anger.

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