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Mumbai Indians' decision to replace Rohit Sharma with Hardik Pandya as captain in IPL 2024
Dec 20, 2023 12:45 pm

The decision to replace Rohit Sharma with Hardik Pandya as captain of the Mumbai Indians continues to divide the public. Most have taken this development with a pinch of salt, while only few have warmed up to the idea of Hardik captaining the most successful franchise in IPL history. Hardik has proven to his captaincy credentials, leading Gujarat Titans to back-to-back finals, one title included, but the outrage over Rohit's demotion refuses to die down .It's no rocket science that the hardcore MI fans are condemning the leadership change. The emotionally-driven demography in their mind is convinced that irrespective of Hardik's ability to deliver, he may not have what it takes to replace Rohit or fill his shoes. But here's a fact. MI, who won their first five titles in 10 seasons, haven't won one in three years, including the dubious distinction of finishing last in 2022. That Hardik's task would be to get MI back to winning ways is surely no cakewalk. You never know, Hardik the new leader might just end MI's three-season title drought. Well, at least the legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels so. Weighing in on the change in guard, the former India captain reckons giving Hardik the charge can in fact work wonders for MI."Hardik is a young and fresh captain who has delivered the results. He led Gujarat Titans to two IPL finals and achieved a title once. So pretty sure they made him captain keeping all this in mind. Sometimes you need fresh thinking, and Hardik can bring that. Making Hardik captain may or may not benefit the team, but it sure won't hurt them," Gavaskar said on Star Sports.Besides MI's announcement on Friday, not much details have emerged as to why the management decided to shake things up. Reports have floated which suggest the reason Hardik agreed to return to MI is because of his captaincy stipulation. He wanted that role, and perhaps the team thought 'Why not'. Having said that, don't even for a moment think that Rohit wasn't taken into the scheme of things. The plan would have properly communicated with him.