Fans have called for the ban of Hardik Pandya, the Indian all-rounder, following his departure from the Gujarat Titans to join the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai successfully traded for Pandya, a move that stirred speculations for days prior to its confirmation. However, Pandya’s shift to Mumbai hasn’t resonated well with fans; instead, it has triggered anger and calls for his banishment from the IPL.
The surge of fan outrage has reached such a level that demands for Hardik Pandya’s exclusion from the ongoing IPL season have started circulating. The intensity of the backlash directed at Pandya has been evident across various social media platforms, where he has become the subject of extensive trolling and criticism.
But why exactly are fans demanding Pandya’s banishment? The reason behind this backlash stems from IPL regulations that explicitly prohibit players from soliciting inclusion in any specific franchise. A similar instance occurred in 2010 when India’s renowned player, Ravindra Jadeja, faced a ban for refusing to renew his contract with the Rajasthan Royals, opting instead to negotiate with the Mumbai Indians.
Drawing parallels from Jadeja’s case, fans are questioning why Pandya isn’t facing a similar consequence. They highlight the disparity in treatment between Jadeja’s ban and the current situation with Pandya, urging the Gujarat Titans to lodge a complaint with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking Pandya’s suspension.
The clamor among fans for justice echoes their plea for fairness and consistency in dealing with contractual violations. It remains to be seen whether these sentiments will translate into concrete action against Hardik Pandya as the situation unfolds.