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Twitter reacts as reports confirm Hardik Pandya will be the captain of Ahmedabad IPL franchise

Hardik Pandya has never been a captain at any level of professional cricket

It has been reported by the senior Indian journalist Boria Majumdar that the former Mumbai Indians allrounder Hardik Pandya will be the first draft pick of the newly created Ahmedabad IPL franchise and he will most likely captain the franchise as well in their first ever IPL season in March-April this year.

According to the report, Ishan Kishan and Rashid Khan will be the other two players that Ahmedabad will sign as their draft pick ahead of the mega auction which will take place next month (possibly in Bengaluru if the COVID cases remain under control).

Ahmedabad IPL franchise was already in advanced talks with the three players mentioned, but the final decision could not be reached as CVC Capitals, the owner of the franchise, had not got a final ownership clearance from the BCCI. The clearance has reportedly been given now and the franchise has been allowed to announce the draft picks.

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Hardik Pandya has won 4 IPL titles with Mumbai Indians

Hardik Pandya has been a very successful player in the IPL for the last 6 years and won 4 trophies with Mumbai Indians, however he did so as a player and never had a leadership responsibility on him. His leadership skills will be tested in the upcoming IPL as he takes over a team which will have some big overseas names as well.

Ishan Kishan, who is reportedly going to be the second Indian draft pick for Ahmedabad, has also made some decent contributions for Mumbai Indians in the last few years and he was one of those players who were in line to be retained by Mumbai, but at the very last moment, Mumbai decided to retain Suryakumar Yadav ahead of Ishan.

Rashid Khan, who has been named the T20 player of the decade by ICC, was also shockingly released by his previous franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad over the salary disagreements. He is now going to be the overseas draft pick for Ahmedabad. The franchise now already has three match winners in their ranks before going into the mega auction.

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Ahmedabad will have 33 crore INR deducted from their purse for signing Hardik, Ishan and Rashid, however they will still go into the mega auction with a decent budget of 57 crore INR and can add more quality to the squad if they are wise enough in the auction.

Here is how twitter reacted earlier today when reports confirmed Hardik Pandya would captain the Ahmedabad IPL franchise –

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Abhishek

I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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