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‘Hardik wouldn’t feature in that World Cup campaign’: Clarke on Rohit-Hardik ‘beef’ for T20 World Cup » Yes Punjab

New Delhi, May 11, 2024
Former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke expressed his views on Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya’s ‘beef’ and suggested that “Hardik would not have been in that World Cup campaign” if there had been serious tensions between the two.

“You know what, knowing Rohit Sharma he will throw his arms around Hardik Pandya. That shows the character that Rohit is. He is the Indian captain and believe me… he wants to win that World Cup. He has had a big say in the 15 picked by India,” the 2015 World Cup-winning captain said on the Around the Wicket podcast.

Mumbai Indians have been under Rohit Sharma’s management for a decade and a change in long-standing, stable relationships will undoubtedly have a ripple effect in the dressing room.

The five-time champions became the first team to be eliminated from the 2024 IPL play-offs and all attention will shift to the T20 World Cup, which will begin less than a week after the IPL final.

“It’s very different from, say, the Australian 15. They are very focused on spin bowling. If the battle between Rohit and Hardik was as strong as people think, Hardik would not be participating in that World Cup campaign.

The Indian captain has so much power. While there are clearly issues with the manner in which Rohit was relieved of his duties as captain of Mumbai Indians, I don’t think it will affect their friendship, selection or Rohit Sharma. He will ensure that Hardik is as focused as possible,” Clarke added.

Recent reports from The Indian Express suggested that some senior players, including Rohit Sharma, were unhappy with Hardik’s leadership style and players like Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar held meetings with Mumbai’s Indian management to discuss what they felt.

“You have seen it in the last few matches and Hardik knows he has to bat and bowl and he has to improve his game from where it was in the first half of the IPL. Right now it is based on performance and as long as Hardik performs, Rohit knows how important he is to that Indian team,” concluded the Aussie veteran. (Agency)