“Where is Jasprit Bumrah?”: Kevin Pietersen, Sunil Gavaskar criticize Hardik Pandya for tactical decision

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Former England cricket team batsman Kevin Pietersen and great Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar were highly critical of Hardik Pandya’s decision to bowl in the first over during the match between Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans in IPL 2024 on Sunday. The MI skipper decided to start proceedings with the new ball instead of selecting star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah – a choice which led to a lot of discussion in the commentary box. Things got worse when Hardik was clean bowled by GT openers Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha, giving the all-rounder 20 runs in his first six balls.

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Pietersen commented, “Why is Jasprit Bumrah not opening the bowling? I don’t understand it.”

“Where is Jasprit Bumrah?”: Kevin Pietersen, Sunil Gavaskar criticize Hardik Pandya for tactical decision

Gavaskar replied on the commentary, “Very good question. Very, very good question.”

Even Irfan Pathan took to social media to express his views on this matter.

While batting, Gujarat scored 169 runs, which was a good score on the wicket. Mumbai Indians got off to a bad start as Ishan Kishan dismissed wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha on one ball, who was dismissed by Azmatullah Umarzai for a duck on four balls. MI was 0/1 in 0.4 overs.

Rohit Sharma later formed a brief partnership with Naman Dheer, a 24-year-old young batsman with four T20 innings of experience. Rohit hit two powerful fours on Umesh Yadav while Naman hit three fours and a six on Umesh Yadav.

However, Umarzai had the last laugh, trapping Naman LBW for 20 off 10 balls with the help of three fours and a six. MI’s score in three overs was 30/2. However, Rohit was not bothered and continued to hit Umesh for fours and sixes.

Dewald Brevis was next at the crease. With a brilliant four off Rashid Khan, Rohit helped MI reach the 50-run mark in 5.4 overs.

Australian fast bowler Spencer Johnson bowled an expensive over to end the first half of the innings, on which Rohit hit two fours and Brevis hit a six. At the end of 10 overs, MI’s score was 88/2 with Rohit (40) and Brevis (26) remaining unbeaten.

Brewis helped MI reach the 100-run mark in 11.1 overs by hitting a four off Mohit Sharma.

The 77-run partnership for the third wicket was ended by Sai Kishore, who scored 43 runs in 29 balls with the help of seven fours and a six and trapped Rohit LBW. MI’s score was 107/3 in 12.1 overs.

At the end of 15 overs, MI’s score was 126/3, with Brevis (46) and Tilak Verma (15) unbeaten.

Mohit changed the situation for GT by getting Tim David caught by David Miller for 11 runs in 10 balls. MI’s score was 142/5 in 18 overs with 27 runs needed from the last 12 balls.

In the next over, Spencer started by hitting a six, but on the very next ball, Tilak was caught by Abhinav Manohar for 25 runs in 19 balls. MI’s score was 148/6 and needed 21 runs from 10 balls.

Hardik Pandya and Gerald Coetzee were the new pair and they scored 19 runs in the last over to take the team to the last over, as Gerald scored one run and was out to Spencer on the last ball of the over. MI’s score in 19 overs was 150/7.

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Shams Mulani was next at the crease. Hardik started the next over with sixes and fours. However, after scoring 11 runs in four balls, he was caught out by Tewatia on the ball of Umesh. MI’s score was 160/8 and needed nine runs from three balls. Umesh was on a hat-trick and he dismissed Piyush Chawla for a duck on the next ball. MI’s score was 160/9 and needed nine runs from two balls.

MI ended their innings at 162/9 in 20 overs, losing by six runs.”Where is Jasprit Bumrah?”: Kevin Pietersen, Sunil Gavaskar criticize Hardik Pandya for tactical decision

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