Ravi Shastri, a former head coach of India, discussed Hardik Pandya’s emotions after his release by the Mumbai Indians before the IPL 2022 super auction. Hardik was “shocked,” according to Shastri since he had anticipated MI would keep him following the sort of performances he has given since making his IPL debut for the five-time winners in IPL 2015. In addition to keeping their three Indian players—Captain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Suryakumar Yadav—MI also decided to go with Kieron Pollard as a foreign alternative. Ishan Kishan, a wicketkeeper-batter, Hardik, and his brother Krunal were fired.

Shastri remarked during the commentary for the second ODI between India and England at Lord’s, “It upset him when he was not retained by Mumbai Indians.”

The all-rounder was selected in the draught by the Gujarat Titans, a new team, and was made captain. Hardik accomplished a fantastic job for GT, guiding them to their first IPL championship in their debut. He scored 487 runs in 15 games, the highest he has ever scored in an IPL season, making him their leading run-scorer. He also had a strong recovery with the ball, taking eight wickets. He took three crucial wickets against Rajasthan Royals in the championship match that destroyed their batting lineup.

“It was difficult. They had to choose three players from among Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharna, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, and Hardik Pandya, who were all available to MI. Ishan Kishan was chosen at the auction “Says Shastri.

During the seven seasons that he played for MI, the IPL’s most prosperous team, Hardik was one of the team’s brightest talents. In 92 games, the all-rounder scored more than 1500 runs at a strike rate of over 150, totaling 92 matches.

Hardik thrives under pressure, and he performs even better when given more responsibility, according to Shastri.

“He was chosen by the Gujarat Titans, who gave him the additional duty of captaining, which was very beneficial to him. When given responsibility, he’s a completely different cricket as opposed to just batting and fielding,” he added.