Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) was the first team to be officially eliminated from the race to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 Playoffs.

MI appointed Hardik Pandya in place of veteran batsman Rohit Sharma as the captain of the team ahead of IPL 2024. However, the team under Hardik’s leadership failed to impress. They lost some matches earlier and subsequently, MI’s campaign never took off.

Hardik  was booed, team management slammed and eventually it all came crashing down for one of the most successful IPL franchises of all time, with the major blame put on Hardik, the treatment of Rohit Sharma and reports of the two not seeing eye to eye.

In response to the development, former Australia captain Michael Clarke however feels that the situation between Hardik and Rohit may not be as bad as the public perceives it to be.

“You know what… knowing Rohit Sharma, he will wrap his arms around Hardik Pandya. That shows the character that Rohit is. He is the Indian captain and trust me… he wants to win that World Cup. He has had a lot of say in the 15 that is picked by India,” said Rohit during an interaction.

“It’s very different to let’s say the Australian 15. They are heavily focssed on spin bowling. If the beef between Rohit and Hardik was as strong as people think, Hardik wouldn’t be in that World Cup campaign. The Indian captain has that much power,” the former Australia great added.