Bibhu Prasad Ray

The sudden removal of Rohit Sharma from the captaincy of Mumbai Indians has left the cricketing fans in shock and disbelief. Regarded as one of the greatest captains in IPL history alongside Ms Dhoni, Rohit Sharma changed the fortunes of Mumbai Indians after being appointed as its captain in 2013. 

However, Mumbai Indians on Friday announced Hardik Pandya as its new captain for the 2024 season.  

Meanwhile, a video went viral on social media in which a fan was seen burning the jersey of Mumbai Indians to express his frustration. 

Several other fans took to social media and expressed their views on the replacement of Rohit Sharma by the Mumbai Indians.

“You deserved this Mumbai Indians,” one user wrote.  

“Our captain is and will be Rohit Sharma,” another user wrote.

“Can't watch Rohit Sharma without captaincy, truly end of an era..,” the third user wrote.

On the replacement of Rohit Sharma as captain, Mumbai Indians Global head of performance Mahela Jayawardene said, "It is part of creating a lasting legacy and adhering to MI's future-ready attitude. The Mumbai Indians have always had outstanding leadership, from Sachin to Harbhajan and Ricky to Rohit, who have all worked to build the squad for the future while also contributing to the club's current success. For the 2024 Indian Premier League season, Hardik Pandya will lead the Mumbai Indians as captain.”

Often regarded for his excellent captaincy skills, Rohit Sharma has led Mumbai Indians to 5 IPL titles. Hardik Pandya will take over the captaincy duties for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024 which starts in March.