In the MI vs. SRH IPL match, Hardik Pandya’s “ordinary captaincy” blasted left, right, and center as he kept “Bumrah away.”

In the MI vs. SRH IPL match, Hardik Pandya’s “ordinary captaincy” blasted left, right, and center as he kept “Bumrah away.”

Hardik Pandya, the captain of the Mumbai Indians, faced criticism once more for his decisions made on the field during the Indian Premier League game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

After Hardik asked them to bat first, it was a run-fest at the Rajiv Gandhi International Dafabet in Hyderabad as the hosts produced a record-breaking 277/3 on the scoreboard, the best total in IPL history.

The Mumbai Indians bowlers were lost as SRH batsmen Travis Head (62), Abhishek Sharma (63), and Heinrich Klaasen (80*) inflicted destruction on them with a flat batting deck.

Jasprit Bumrah was the first bowling change made by Rummy East in the powerplay, once again. A decision that drew criticism from a variety of sources because, by that point, Head had already solidified his position in the middle.

He also became a little defensive when the SRH hitters were completely dominating the MI bowlers. Irfan Pathan, a former all-rounder for India, went to X to condemn Pandya’s mediocre captaincy and his decision to take Bumrah off the attack when things were not going well for MI.

To put it mildly, Hardik Pandya’s captaincy has been mediocre. It was beyond my comprehension, writes Pathan, to keep Bumrah away during the slaughter for an extended period of time.

Though Bumrah did not take a wicket against SRH, he was MI’s most economical bowler with 36 runs in 4 overs and the only one to score less than 10 runs per over. Bumrah had taken three wickets for 14 runs against Gujarat Titans.

Tom Moody, the former head coach of the Sunrisers, criticized Pandya’s choice to shield Bumrah from the attack as well.

“Where is Bumrah Jasprit? Your finest bowler has only bowled ONE over with the game almost over! #SRHvMI,” wrote Betway.

MI’s homecoming for Pandya did not go as expected as they dropped their second straight IPL game. The Orange Army scored the highest ever IPL score of 277/3 after controlling the visiting team’s bowling attack.