Removing Rohit Sharma and making Hardik Pandya the captain will cost heavily to Mumbai Indianse 5 big reasons.
On the evening of 15th December, a news came out which shook not only the Indian cricket fans but the entire world cricket. Taking a big decision, Mumbai Indians removed Rohit Sharma from the captaincy. This news of Rohit's removal spread like wildfire and the person who read it for the first time probably did not believe it. But this news was true and Mumbai handed over the captaincy to Hardik Pandya in place of Rohit. Hardik Pandya has been traded by Mumbai Indians to Gujarat Titans in this season and he has now been given the command of the team.
There is no doubt that Hardik Pandya is an amazing player. Besides, he has also proved himself as a leader in the last two seasons. He was successful in making Gujarat the IPL champion in 2022, while in 2023, under his leadership, the team reached the finals. But Hardik Pandya becoming the captain of Mumbai Indians may prove costly for this franchise. Let us tell you 5 important reasons for this.
Hardik Pandya is definitely a big match winner but he is also an injury prone player. Meaning Hardik Pandya's career has been a victim of injuries. They often get hurt. The same thing happened during the World Cup 2023. He was out of the World Cup after playing only 3 matches. Making such a player captain is like a double-edged sword. Mumbai Indians may also suffer loss due to this.
Considering the fitness of Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians will also have to keep a standby captain. Who will handle the team in the absence of Pandya. Well, let us tell you that if the regular captain is out, the teams suffer a lot. Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders have suffered this injury in the last IPL season. Delhi had appointed other players as captain in the absence of Rishabh Pant and Kolkata had appointed other players as captain in the absence of Shreyas Iyer and after that the performance of both the teams was poor.
Considering Hardik Pandya's injury prone body, the first question is whether the Mumbai team will field him as an all-rounder? Pandya was released by Mumbai Indians in 2021 because he was not able to bowl due to injury. Even now such an issue can happen with Pandya. However, Pandya leaves a big impact as an all-rounder. If he is not 100% fit then Mumbai will definitely suffer a loss.
Hardik Pandya becoming the captain can also pose a threat to the unity of Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma has been such a captain whose words are respected by every player and that is why this team has always been seen playing like a unit, but will this be possible in Pandya's case? Let us tell you that when the news of Hardik Pandya's entry in Mumbai Indians started coming, during that time Jasprit Bumrah had unfollowed Mumbai Indians on social media. People were linking it to Bumrah's displeasure. At the same time, after Rohit Sharma stepped down from the captaincy of Mumbai, the team's important player Suryakumar Yadav also posted a broken heart emoji, which means this player is also very disappointed by this. The big question is whether Mumbai's other big players will be able to accept Hardik Pandya as the captain?
Mumbai Indians is one of the most popular franchises of IPL. There is a lot of influence on Mumbai's social media. But after the removal of Rohit Sharma from the captaincy, lakhs of people have unfollowed him. It is clear that the fans are angry with Hardik becoming the captain and its effect can also be seen in the matches of Mumbai during IPL 2024.