Hardik Pandya’s captaincy has undoubtedly been impressive in IPL 2022. He has led the new franchise to three successive wins before an eight-wicket defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday (April 11). While Hardik performed with both bat and the ball in the game, he lost his cool while defending 162 in Mumbai.
Hardik, who conceded just five runs in his first two overs, was hit for boundaries by SRH captain Kane Williamson in his third over. Kane hit the pacer for two consecutive sixes. In the same over, Hardik had an opportunity to dismiss Rahul Tripathi.
Tripathi mistimed a pull shot off Hardik’s bouncer, and the ball traveled to the third-man boundary, where Mohammed Shami was stationed. While Shami had the chance to take the catch, he opted to play safe and remained back to save the boundary. This made Hardik furious, who was seen yelling at the veteran player.
While fans criticized Hardik’s action, former England spinner Graeme Swann came out in his support and said a captain can lose cool during such an intense match. “I will tell you what we shouldn’t do, though. We shouldn’t target Hardik and say he is not a good captain. GT lost the game because the batters didn’t score enough runs.”
Former Australia opener Mathew Hayden, who was a part of the commentatory panel, criticized Shami for not going for the catch. “Mohammed Shami made no effort, and in fact, he retreated back to the boundary,” said Hayden.
“When you are not defending much, you should work hard for your mates and take difficult catches,” he added.