Updated March 16th, 2024 at 18:43 IST

MI's 1st game under Hardik Pandya's captaincy is vs Gujarat, fans hail Jay Shah's masterstroke

The IPL 2024 storyline gains further depth when considering Hardik Pandya's history with the Gujarat Titans franchise.

Reported by: Vishal Tiwari
Jay Shah and Hardik Pandya | Image:X/MI

In a strategic move that has captivated the cricketing world, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the schedule for the first 21 matches of the IPL 2024 season, igniting fervent anticipation among fans and pundits alike. Among the highly anticipated fixtures is the clash between the Gujarat Titans and the Mumbai Indians, scheduled to take place on March 24 in Ahmedabad.

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Netizens hail Jay Shah for pitting Hardik Pandya's MI against GT in Ahmedabad

What makes this matchup particularly intriguing is the debut of Hardik Pandya as the captain of the Mumbai Indians. Pandya's ascension to leadership within the franchise marks a significant milestone in his career, especially considering that his inaugural game at the helm comes against none other than his former team, the Gujarat Titans.


The storyline gains further depth when considering Hardik Pandya's history with the Gujarat franchise. Having led the team for two seasons from 2022 to 2023, Pandya steered the Gujarat Titans to IPL glory in their maiden year in the tournament, etching his name in the annals of cricketing history. His return to face his former teammates, this time as the captain of a different squad, adds an extra layer of intrigue to an already captivating narrative.

Moreover, Hardik Pandya's journey to Mumbai Indians is significant as it represents a sort of homecoming for the all-rounder. Prior to his tenure with the Gujarat Titans, Pandya plied his trade with Mumbai Indians, making his leadership debut with the franchise even more poignant. Rohit Sharma was the captain of MI before Pandya.  


Unsurprisingly, the announcement of Pandya's captaincy and the subsequent fixture against his former team has sparked a wave of excitement and praise on social media. Netizens have taken to various platforms to laud BCCI Secretary Jay Shah for what they perceive as a masterstroke in scheduling, recognizing the dramatic and compelling storyline that has unfolded as a result.

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As the countdown to the IPL 2024 season opener begins, anticipation continues to build, with fans eagerly awaiting the clash between the Gujarat Titans and the Mumbai Indians. With Hardik Pandya poised to lead his team onto the field against his former franchise, the stage is set for a spectacle that promises to be nothing short of enthralling.


Published February 22nd, 2024 at 20:01 IST