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Mumbai Indians’ dressing room simmers with tension after embarrassing exit from IPL 2024 – India TV

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The temperature in the Mumbai Indians’ dressing room is gradually approaching boiling point after Sunrisers Hyderabad ended their hopes of qualifying for the play-offs. Even before the season started, there was already unrest due to the franchise’s bold move to announce a changing of the guard.

The decision to take over the reins from Rohit Sharma and hand it over to Hardik Pandya did not really go down well with many fans and they did not shy away from making the decision makers and Hardik aware of their displeasure.

For the first time in the history of the IPL, Mumbai Indians did not enjoy the kind of fandom and support they are used to. Things got worse for Hardik, who was booed mercilessly at every venue and Wankhede in particular.

The five-time IPL winners needed a fantastic start to the season but they lost their campaign opener at the hands of Gujarat Titans (GT) by six runs and things went pear-shaped from there. An inability to find the winning combination and a few tactical blunders have dented their run and the team is now out of the play-off race with two games left in the season.

According to a report by The Indian Express, some senior players in the Mumbai Indians camp are unsure about the future of the team led by Hardik. These senior players have reportedly expressed their concerns to the Mumbai Indians coaching panel and things don’t look encouraging, to say the least.

Many claim that Hardik’s decision to blame the 10-run loss against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Tilak Varma has triggered some of the senior players in the camp. Hardik specifically felt that Tilak should have taken his chances against Axar Patel as there was a favorable match (an orthodox left-arm bowler bowling to left-armer) but he didn’t.

“When Axar Patel was bowling to a left-hander (Tilak), going after him could have been a better option,” Hardik told broadcasters after the match. “I think it was just a little bit of game awareness that we missed. In the end, that cost us the game.”