‘Behave’: Sanjay Manjrekar tells fans as Hardik Pandya gets booed in Mumbai during toss in MI vs RR clash

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New Delhi: Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Hardik Pandya was welcomed with boos once again as he walked out for the toss against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday, April 01. Hardik was booed in MI’s first two games in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad as fans continue to showcase their angst over him taking over the reins from Rohit Sharma at MI this season.

The newly-appointed Mumbai Indians captain was, however, expected to find some support from the home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium during his side’s first home game on Monday. But that wasn’t meant to be as a section of fans inside the stadium booed Hardik when he came out for the toss.

Former India cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, who was hosting the toss, gave a fitting reply to the fans as he asked them to ‘behave’ while introducing Hardik. “MI captain Hardik Pandya. Big round of applause, ladies and gentlemen. Behave,” Manjrekar said at the toss.

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Why is Hardik Pandya being trolled?

Hardik has been subjected to intense trolling and name-calling on social media while facing boos at the stadiums ever since replacing Rohit as captain of the Mumbai Indians. The star India all-rounder returned to MI from his former team Gujarat Titans in a blockbuster trade last year and was soon appointed as the new captain of the five-time champions.

However, the move didn’t go down well with a section of Mumbai Indians fans, who believed Rohit should have been allowed to continue leading the team and given a proper farewell for what he has achieved for the franchise. Rohit is one of the most successful captains in IPL history having led Mumbai Indians to five titles.

Talking about the game, Hardik lost the toss as Rajasthan Royals opted to bowl first at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Mumbai Indians made a change in their playing XI as right-arm pacer Akash Madhwal replaced Shams Mulani in the playing XI.

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