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‘Acha ye reason tha!’ – Fans react as Mumbai Indians head coach clarifies decision to name Hardik Pandya caption ahead of IPL 2024

Mumbai Indians chose to remove five-time champion Rohit Sharma for a young and experienced leader like Hardik Pandya.

Hardik Pandya

After leading the Gujarat Titans for two years, Hardik made a historic move back to the Mumbai Indians in November 2023. He was selected captain of the five-time IPL title winning club just four days before the Indian Premier League 2024 mini auction. 

Since the team lost 400,000 followers in just one hour after the announcement, the action drew a lot of criticism. Since Rohit’s ten-year leadership came to an end, a sizable portion of the crowd was dissatisfied.

The former wicket-keeper said, “I think it was purely a cricketing decision. We saw the window period to get Hardik back as a player. For me, it’s a transition phase. A lot of people don’t understand in India. People get quite emotional, but you know you take the emotions away from it. I think it’s just more of a cricketing decision that was made, and I do think it is going to bring the best out of Rohit as a person and as a player. Just let him go out and enjoy and score some good runs.”

“He hasn’t had probably the best couple of seasons” : Mark Boucher on Rohit Sharma

In his ten years as captain, Rohit guided the Mumbai Indians to five IPL championships. He took over as captain in 2013. The 35-year-old’s leadership qualities were praised by Boucher. He also acknowledged that the opener hasn’t scored any runs during the past few IPL seasons. 

Over the past several IPL seasons, Rohit Sharma has found it difficult to lead the Mumbai Indians consistently. In 2023, he scored 332 runs across 16 games, while in 2022, he only scored 268 runs in 14 games.

The Mumbai Indians Head Coach said, “One thing I did pick up with Ro (Rohit) is that he is a fantastic guy. I mean he’s been captaining for ages, and he’s done really well for Mumbai Indians. Now he also leads India as well. It is that he walks into a place and there are just cameras in it, and he’s so busy, and he hasn’t had probably the best couple of seasons of late with the bat probably, but he’s done well as a captain.”

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