Hardik Pandya: Hardik Pandya becomes the captain of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma's leave, big decision before IPL 2024
The Indian Premier League 2024 auction is going to take place in a few days and before that big news has come out. Mumbai Indians have removed Rohit Sharma from the captaincy and made Hardik Pandya the captain. Just a few days ago, Hardik Pandya had decided to leave Gujarat Titans and come back to Mumbai Indians and since then this expectation was being raised.
This has also been officially announced by Mumbai Indians. A statement has been given by the team that all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been made the captain of the team in IPL 2024 and a transition phase has been started. Hardik Pandya will replace the most successful captain of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma.
Mumbai Indians' Global Head of Performance Mahela Jayawardene said that we thank Rohit Sharma for his brilliant career as captain and this is a process under which Hardik has now been made the captain. Mumbai Indians have had leaders from Sachin to Harbhajan and Ricky to Rohit and now it is Hardik Pandya's turn.
Rohit Sharma was captaining Mumbai Indians since 2013 and in the last 10 years, he was considered one of the most successful captains in IPL history. But after the defeat in the ODI World Cup 2023, there was a suspicion that Rohit might take a big decision in the IPL this time.
Hardik was traded before the auction
When Hardik Pandya was traded from Gujarat Titans to Mumbai Indians, it became clear that Mumbai Indians had big plans for Hardik. Let us tell you that before the auction, Mumbai Indians had traded Hardik Pandya to Gujarat Titans for a fee of Rs 15 crore.
If we talk about Hardik Pandya's captaincy, then in the year 2022, he returned to IPL as the captain of Gujarat Titans. Under his leadership, Gujarat won the title in its very first season and was the runner-up in the second season. Due to his strong captaincy in IPL, Hardik Pandya also got the T-20 captaincy of Team India in international cricket. Now even before the third season with Gujarat, Hardik had decided to return to his old team.
Mumbai made records under the captaincy of Rohit
If we talk about Rohit Sharma's captaincy record in IPL, he has captained in 158 matches, out of which he has won 87 matches while he has lost 67 matches. Rohit Sharma's winning percentage has been 55.06. The special thing is that under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians have won five IPL titles in the years 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.
In the year 2013, when the Mumbai Indians team was struggling under the captaincy of Ricky Ponting, Rohit Sharma was given the captaincy. Since then, Rohit Sharma was continuously captaining Mumbai Indians, but now after 10 years this journey is coming to an end. This difficult decision has been taken because 36 year old Rohit Sharma has probably started the transition phase in IPL as well.