Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has replaced veteran batsman Rohit Sharma as the captain of the Mumbai Indians (MI) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. 

However, several fans and experts are not happy over the development. They are also eager to know about the atmosphere in MI dressing room and how Rohit will accept the new development.

Meanwhile, Hardik said that he did not get time to talk to the Indian cricket team skipper much about the topic as he has been touring lately.

When Pandya was asked about whether he had the chance to discuss the change in leadership with Rohit and the India all-rounder had a clear answer.

“Yes and No. I haven’t got a lot of time to talk with Rohit because he has been touring. I will definitely catch up when he links up with the team,” said Pandya.

The aggressive all-rounder believes that Rohit will continue to be a guiding force for him during the IPL despite the unexpected change of leadership that the franchise announced ahead of the upcoming season.

“It will not be any different, he will always be there to help me. This team, what it has achieved, it has achieved under him and I just have to carry forward that. He is going to have his hand on my shoulders,” said Pandya during an interaction.

“We respect fans but we focus on the sport and what is required. I focus on the controllables, fans have every right and I respect their opinion,” said Pandya when asked about the fans’ outrage at Rohit’s removal.