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Hardik Pandya gets Hero’s Welcome at Wankhede A Month After Being Trolled | Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News – N.F Times

Mumbai: In a stirring moment at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium, the echoes of disapproval turned into thunderous applause as Hardik Pandya, the Mumbai Indians’ resolute captain, stood redeemed. From being heckled during IPL 2024 to basking in the adulation of his home crowd post-T20 World Cup victory, Pandya’s journey has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride.

The all-rounder took to his social media account to share a selfie video with the T20 World Cup trophy with the crazy Mumbai crowd in the background, shot during the team’s victory parade.

“India, you mean the world to me! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the love.. these are moments that I will never ever forget! Thank you for coming out to celebrate with us, despite the rains! We love you so much! Celebrating with you is why we do what we do! We’re all champions! All 1.4 billion of us! Thank you Mumbai, thank you India,” Hardik wrote.


Later when he stepped into the Wankahede, the crowd seemed to have forgotten about what transpired during the IPL. Instead, they cheered for him as the all-rounder waved the T20 World Cup Trophy.

From chants of ‘Rohit, Rohit’ to a deafening chorus of ‘Hardik, Hardik,’ the transformation was palpable, underscoring the adoration now bestowed upon Pandya.

Earlier in the IPL season, Pandya faced a different tune from Mumbai Indians’ faithful, highlighting the fickleness of public sentiment in sports. Despite initial adversity, pundits like former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar championed Pandya’s cause, advocating for recognition of his prowess on the grand stage. Indeed, Pandya’s redemption culminated in a stellar performance in the T20 World Cup final, where he clinched crucial wickets and defended a challenging over, securing India’s victory against South Africa.

The journey from being booed to being celebrated encapsulates the essence of sports: resilience, redemption, and the unwavering support of fans. Pandya’s story at Wankhede Stadium is a testament to the enduring spirit of sportsmanship and the power of perseverance.

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