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Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya was spotted sharing a heartfelt moment with Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar in the IPL 2024. There has been a massive negative reaction towards Pandya ever since he was appointed the MI captain ahead of the 2024 season, replacing the six-time IPL champion and Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.

But ahead of Mumbai Indians' first match of the 2024 season against Gujarat Titans, Pandya was chatting with his former head coach Ashish Nehra. Then after Sachin Tendulkar joined the conversation, Pandya hugged the God of Cricket as the trio shared a wholesome moment.

At the toss, Hardik Pandya called it right and decided to bat first. Speaking about returning to Ahmedabad, the Indian all-rounder explained that he is grateful to his state of birth, Gujarat. Pandya said,  "We are gonna bowl first. Looks like a decent track, might get better if the dew arrives. Feels good to be back. My birthplace is Gujarat, a lot of success came in Gujarat, very grateful to the crowd and this state. My cricketing birth happened in Mumbai, so really good to be back. It's been almost two weeks, we started the camp."

"Boys are very eager to go out there and perform. We had wonderful practice matches and practice nets. All are looking good. The excitement is a different feeling. We have four quicks, three spinners and seven batters. Making sure all the departments are looked after."