"Behave:" Sanjay Manjrekar's comment towards crowd during the MI vs RR toss goes viral

Sanjay Manjrekar, the former India cricketer was given the duty of calling the toss. As he introduced Hardik Pandya, the Mumbai Indians captain, he asked the fans to "Behave".

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Sanjay Manjrekar was given the duty to call the toss during the MI vs RR match in IPL 2024 on Monday. Image | BCCI/IPL

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As Mumbai Indians played their first home game under their new captain Hardik Pandya, the fans at the Wankhede welcomed Hardik with "boos". Sanjay Manjrekar, who was given the job of calling the toss during the Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals match, asked the crowd to behave and applause for the new captain.

Since becoming the new captain of the Mumbai Indians franchise, Hardik Pandya has faced lots of hate and criticism from the Mumbai Indians and Rohit Sharma fans. Even before the IPL 2024 started the former Gujarat Titans captain faced online trolling for taking the place of their loved Rohit Sharma, who as a captain has given Mumbai great success.

So, it was quite expected that whenever Mumbai Indians play their first game at Wankhede, Hardik might not get a great welcome from the fans. Exactly that happened when Hardik Pandya went for the toss on Monday. One section of the crowd started chanting "Rohit..Rohit" and one section started booing him as well.

Fans started booing Hardik during the toss

It was quite historical as even on their historical 250th IPL game, Mumbai Indians' captain was booed at the toss. It was the first in IPL history as well when a home captain was booed. 

"We have got two captains with me. Hardik Pandya, captain of the Mumbai Indians. Big round of applause. Ladies and gentlemen, behave."

These were the exact words from Sanjay Manjrekar as he tried to gather some respect for the home team captain Hardik Pandya.

Hardik Pandya did not have a great start as the captain of the Mumbai Indians team as they lost both of their games. He, himself could not get going either with bat or ball. Even some of the decisions he took during those two games were criticised as well.

In the 250th IPL game, Mumbai did not get off to a great start as well after losing four wickets early. Trent Boult sent back Rohit Sharma, Naman Dhir and Dewald Brevis for ducks in his first spell as Mumbai lost 4 wickets for just 20 runs in the first inning.

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