Hardik Pandya is returning to Mumbai Indians ahead of the new season, in what could be termed the biggest transfer of Indian Premier League (IPL) history. Pandya is making a comeback to the Mumbai Indians franchise after the five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions completed the trade in an all-cash deal with Gujarat Titans, who had originally retained the star all-rounder in its roster by the 5pm deadline on November 26.
After the cutoff time for teams to reveal the roster of players they had kept and released, the agreement was finalized late on Sunday. Although teams had until Sunday to verify which players were cut from the roster and which ones remained, trades between teams could occur as late as December 12, one week ahead of the scheduled auction.
The Mumbai Indians formally announced Pandya’s “homecoming” on Monday. Pandya joined the team in 2015 as an uncapped player and went on to play a part in four championship winning seasons: 2015, 2017, 2020, and 2015.
“We are thrilled to welcome Hardik back home! It’s a heartwarming reunion with our Mumbai Indians family! From being a young scouted talent of Mumbai Indians to now being a Team India star, Hardik has come a long way and we’re excited for what the future holds for him and Mumbai Indians,” Nita Ambani, owner of the franchise said in a statement.
Welcoming the Baroda all-rounder back into the side, team owner Akash Ambani said, “Seeing Hardik back at Mumbai Indians makes me very happy. It is a happy homecoming. He provides great balance to any team he plays. Hardik’s first stint with the MI family was hugely successful, and we hope he achieves even more success in his second stint.”
Hardik Pandya is currently recuperating an ankle injury that he sustained during the World Cup, had a successful stint with the Titans, leading them to the title in their inaugural season in 2022 and then taking them to the final in the 2023 edition. During his run at the Gujarat franchise, Hardik scored 833 runs in 30 innings. He took 11 wickets for them.
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