Vikram Solanki, Director of Cricket for Gujarat Titans, has revealed the reason behind letting go of their IPL title-winning captain, Hardik Pandya, to Mumbai Indians in an all-cash deal of a whopping INR 15 Crore ahead of the IPL 2024 auction.
Vikram Solanki revealed that Hardik Pandya personally conveyed his wish to rejoin his former franchise, Mumbai Indians, with whom he clinched multiple IPL titles before his stint with Gujarat Titans in the 2022 season.
Here’s what the Director of Cricket for Gujarat Titans said about the trade of Hardik Pandya:
“Hardik Pandya expressed his desire to return to his original franchise. We respect his decision.”
Hardik Pandya led Gujarat Titans to an IPL title in their debut season of 2022 and propelled them to the final in the 2023 season, where Chennai Super Kings ultimately won their fifth IPL title.
The transfer of Hardik Pandya from Gujarat Titans to Mumbai Indians stands as a historic trade in IPL history, driven by Mumbai Indians’ keen interest in grooming him as their potential future captain.