In a significant development, it has been reported that Shubman Gill, the talented Indian cricket team batter, is slated to take on the leadership role for the Gujarat Titans in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. This transition follows the completion of an all-cash deal that saw all-rounder Hardik Pandya making a move back to the Mumbai Indians.
Hardik Pandya, who served as the captain for Gujarat Titans over the past two years, notably led the team to IPL victory in their debut season in 2022. However, a recent all-cash deal facilitated his return to the Mumbai Indians, marking the end of his captaincy with the Gujarat Titans.
The trade-off, which has been the focus of intense speculation over the past 72 hours, was officially concluded on Sunday, prompting Pandya’s return to his “spiritual home,” the Mumbai Indians.
Despite the earlier inclusion of Pandya’s name in the IPL retention list by the Gujarat Titans, it was revealed that the formal paperwork had not been completed by the time the retention window closed at 5 pm on Sunday. This delayed completion meant that both the IPL and BCCI were yet to provide the green light for the anticipated move during this transfer season.
An anonymous source, identified as a senior BCCI official and IPL Governing Council member, shed light on the intricacies of the deal. According to the source, the completion of Hardik’s trade-off with Mumbai Indians occurred after the 5 pm deadline. The deal was structured as a tripartite all-cash transaction, involving Mumbai Indians trading their all-rounder Cameron Green to RCB in exchange for the necessary funds. This, in turn, allowed Mumbai Indians to settle an all-cash deal with Gujarat Titans to secure the services of Hardik Pandya.
It’s worth noting that Cameron Green was a significant acquisition for Mumbai Indians, bought at the last auction for an impressive sum of Rs 17.5 crore. The completion of this deal provided the financial means required to facilitate the purchase of Hardik Pandya.
Hardik Pandya’s journey with Gujarat Titans began before the 2022 auction, where he was picked from the pool of available players for the two new franchises—Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. With a reported fee of Rs 15 crore, Pandya led the Gujarat Titans admirably, guiding them to consecutive finals and clinching the championship in their inaugural year while narrowly losing to CSK in 2023.