According to Daniel Vettori, the Mumbai Indians ended their association with Hardik Pandya for two reasons. Vettori explains the primary reason is money and the fact that after spending a lot of their first two retentions on Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard, Pandya and the franchise could not reach an agreement. Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Vettori stated that “Hardik Pandya is a player every franchise wants, and the Mumbai Indians aren’t the only team that wants him. Bumrah and Rohit occupy those two positions, which made it impossible to fit him in. Hardik Pandya must have been a top priority for the team, but they didn’t have room for him.
Despite limiting MI to Rohit, Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, and Kieron Pollard, they released a variety of players responsible for MI’s unprecedented success. Rohit asked for 16 crores, while Bumrah asked for 12 crores, so Vettori believes there was no common ground between them. In Vettori’s opinion, Pandya’s desire to play with a different set of players, such as KL Rahul in Pandya’s case, may have been another reason MI and Pandya parted ways. Rahul left Punjab Kings and entered the mega-auction pool as well, and Vettori pointed out the close relationship the two players share and suggested that might have played a role in Rahul’s decision.
“I know he feels like he has grown and maybe alliances are forming as well. Hardik and KL are close so they might all join forces with luck. Currently, all of these things are in the background, and we won’t know if they work until the next few weeks. I think there are a lot of players trying to play together,” stated the former New Zealand player.