Mumbai Indians experienced a drastic drop of 400,000 followers on Twitter within just an hour of announcing Hardik Pandya as their new captain for the upcoming IPL 2024 season on December 15. This announcement marked a significant shift in leadership from Rohit Sharma, who had previously guided the team to five IPL titles.
Rohit Sharma, who had been at the helm of Mumbai Indians since 2013 and achieved an impressive five championships, concluded his captaincy tenure. Notably, Sharma, absent from India’s T20I matches since the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final loss, will not lead the team in IPL 2024. He took a break from cricket following India’s defeat in the World Cup 2023 final and is scheduled to return during the 2-match Test series against South Africa starting on December 26.
Mumbai Indians officially announced the leadership change on the evening of December 15. Mahela Jayawardene, the Global Head of Performance for Mumbai Indians, emphasized the transition as part of the franchise’s commitment to building a lasting legacy and staying future-oriented. Jayawardene expressed confidence in Pandya’s capability to maintain the team’s principles and steer them towards future successes.
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Hardik Pandya, who previously led Gujarat Titans to victory in IPL 2022, is returning to Mumbai Indians after a two-year stint with the Titans. His debut season as captain saw Pandya guiding his former team to secure the IPL title, displaying exceptional performance with both bat and ball. Despite their loss in the 2023 final against Chennai Super Kings, Pandya’s leadership was noteworthy for propelling Gujarat Titans to the brink of another triumph.
The transition from Rohit Sharma’s esteemed leadership to Hardik Pandya’s new captaincy marks a pivotal moment for Mumbai Indians as they prepare for the IPL 2024 season