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‘The way Hardik Pandya took it…’: MI teammate reveals skipper’s take on crowd boos | Cricket News


Rajasthan Royals pacer Trent Boult on Sunday backed his former teammate Hardik Pandya to ‘block out the white noise’ after the Mumbai Indians skipper found himself at the mercy of boos from the crowds in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad during the ongoing IPL. Pandya took over from Rohit Sharma as MI captain this season upon his return from Gujarat Titans and the entire saga of the change in leadership did not go down well with the fans. “It’s something you can’t control, as a professional athlete, it’s what you’re exposed to in a way. You have to block out the white noise and focus on the work, (but) “It’s easier said than done,” Boult told the media at the Wankhede Stadium.

Boult said the boos would eventually die down and supported Pandya not to get bogged down.

“There are a lot of passionate fans in this country and speaking of Hardik in particular, he is one of my favorite Indian cricketers and I don’t think the boos will last too long. I’m sure he does part of those guys who I can put it aside and focus on work,” added Boult.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians veteran Piyush Chawla said the situation will change once the team, which once again made a disappointing start to the IPL by losing the first two matches, wins a victory in his kitty.

“Well, you can’t really help because you know, they’re a mob and everything they do is out of our control, so we can’t really say what they’re doing,” Chawla said.

Chawla claimed that Pandya was not affected.

“The way Hardik has taken it… he is just focusing on the game, he is not even worried about what the crowd is doing and once we win, things will be totally different.”

The right-arm spinner said MI had also sought to focus on the job at hand rather than what the fans were doing inside the stadium.

“You get used to it, because you know, whatever happens, whatever people do in the crowd, you can’t really help it because it’s out of our control.

“We just have to concentrate on our game and whatever they do, let them do it. We just have to concentrate on our cricket,” he said.

However, Chawla hoped that the ‘real’ Mumbai fans would turn up at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday to support the team in their first home match of the season.

“At the end of the day it’s about the team, it’s not about the individual. I really hope that when the crowd comes tomorrow they support the team after the kind of start we have had,” he said.

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