Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya replaced veteran batsman Rohit Sharma as the captain of the Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2014 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

However, fans were not happy over the change in leadership at MI. The crowd has made its presence felt by booing Hardik during matches so far this season. 

Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan shared his views on Hardik being booed by fans. The former great expressed his shock at the treatment Hardik received in Hyderabad, as well as the Wankhede.

“I don’t understand booing. I kind of get it in the first game in Gujarat, because he played for them for two years and did not well as a captain. But then when he went to Hyderabad, I was like, ‘What’s going on.’ Then when he came back to Wankhede, his own home support was booing him. I did not understand that,” said Vaughan.

Vaughan also urged fans to back Hardik as India would need him to be fit and firing for the T20 World Cup.

“What Indian cricket fans need to understand is that Mumbai Indians are Indian fans and for India to win the T20 World Cup, they need Hardik Pandya. They need him to play well. So somehow, over the next few weeks, they need him to get that confidence level right up to the top level, because with India having Hardik flying, they got a great chance in lifting that trophy,” he added.