“You asked us to…”: Mumbai Indians’ message to Rohit Sharma after naming Hardik Pandya as captain

Mumbai Indians (MI) on Friday named Hardik Pandya as their captain ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Hardik replaced a highly successful Rohit Sharma, who led the IPL giants to five trophies. The announcement by the Mumbai Indians came after Hardik returned to the franchise last month following a high-profile trade from the Gujarat Titans, whom he managed for the past two seasons. After announcing the news of the captaincy change, MI put up a heartfelt post on social media for Rohit.


In 2013 you took over as captain for MI. You asked us to believe. In victories and defeats, you asked us to smile. 10 years & 6 trophies later, here we are. Our eternal captain, your legacy will be etched in blue and gold. Thanks Captain RO,” MI wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Earlier in a statement on Friday, Mumbai Indians said the change in leadership was part of their future planning and thanked Rohit for his exemplary service to the franchise.

The Mumbai Indians are the most successful IPL franchise along with the Chennai Super Kings, both of whom have won five titles each.

Rohit, who recently led India to the ODI World Cup final, had captained the franchise since 2013 when they lifted the first of their five IPL trophies.

The other titles under Rohit’s captaincy came in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. Mumbai Indians had made it to the playoffs of IPL 2023.

“We express our gratitude to Rohit Sharma for his outstanding leadership; his tenure as captain of Mumbai Indians since 2013 has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Mahela JayawardeneMI’s Global Head of Performance.

“His leadership has not only brought unparalleled success to the team but has also cemented his place as one of the best captains in the history of the IPL.

“Under his guidance, MI became one of the most successful and beloved teams ever. We look forward to his guidance and experience on and off the field to further strengthen MI,” he added.

The significant development also raises questions about Rohit’s future in the shortest format. The 36-year-old was left heartbroken after India fell short at the final hurdle against Australia in the ODI World Cup at home after winning 10 matches on the trot.

Another ODI World Cup appearance seems unlikely, but he could be back to lead India in the T20 World Cup in six months’ time.

Interestingly, Rohit and Virat Kohli has not faced India in the T20 format since the semi-final exit at the World Cup in Australia last year.

(With PTI inputs)

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