The most successful teams in IPL history, the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, have different approaches to player release. Star spinner Ravichandran of the Indian cricket team offered an intriguing insight on this.
Hardik Pandya returning to the Mumbai Indians from the Gujarat Titans was the only story that grabbed attention following the announcement of the IPL 2023 retention list on Sunday. Although Hardik Pandya was included in the Gujarat Titans’ IPL 2024 retention list, sources told NDTV that the skipper of the Indian T20I cricket squad was traded to the Mumbai Indians a few hours after the deadline. The IPL formally confirmed the relocation on Monday.
The two most successful teams in IPL history, the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, and their approaches to player release sparked an intriguing insight from ace spinner Ravichandran of the Indian cricket team.
“So many players being traded or released in a single IPL season is not a well-known practice at this time. Because there has been a pattern if you look at these IPL teams and speak with them, particularly the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. They have only ever taken players; they have never given any. Each of them has five titles. On that appropriate platform, they have established their franchise, according to Ravichandran Ashwin’s YouTube channel.
When Ashwin captained the Punjab Kings in 2018 and 2019, the Mumbai Indians made an offer to swap him for another IPL team.
David Miller was a trade target for the Mumbai Indians while I captained Punjab. Speaking in Tamil, Ashwin continued, “They were willing to give as much money as possible, but I wanted a player trade-off as that is what the team would need, and they never came close to agreeing to that.”
It’s interesting to note that the subtitle provided in the video uses CSK rather than MI.
An intriguing description of the maneuver was provided by Rajasthan Royals player and India cricket teammate Ravichandran Ashwin.
They’ve struck gold, following Hardik. Their captain for the Indian T20 Team has won an IPL and finished second in the last two years he was absent. It would be similar to picking up the phone and telling your son, “Hey son, here’s some money, go live the world, man.” Get an MBA,” Ashwin advised on his YouTube channel.
He essentially attended GT, developed into a leader, earned an MBA, and then returned home. Guy, this is insane. He has been the winner and runner-up in competitions, and he has won titles occasionally by the hair of a ball.”
Pandya’s role in the team’s accomplishments over the previous two seasons was recognized by GT Team Director Vikram Solanki.
“As the first captain of Gujarat Titans, Hardik Pandya has helped the franchise deliver two fantastic seasons that resulted in winning one IPL championship and one appearance in the final,” Solanki was cited as saying in the release.
His desire to rejoin his former squad, the Mumbai Indians, has now been declared. The former England hitter continued, saying, “We accept his decision and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.