Updated December 15th, 2023 at 23:20 IST

'His leadership has not...': Mumbai Indians reveal why MI dropped Rohit Sharma as captain

Mumbai Indians announcement sent shockwaves across the cricket world as they decided to drop the Indian captain from his position. Hardik is the new MI skipper.

Rohit Sharma | Image:Mumbai Indians
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Mumbai Indians decided to drop Rohit Sharma as the captain of the MI team for the Indian Premier League 2024 season (IPL 2024). MI named Hardik Pandya as the new skipper of the side as Rohit's iconic stint as captain came to an end. Rohit Sharma guided Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles and is tied with MS Dhoni as most successful IPL skipper of all time. MI's announcement sent shockwaves across the cricket world as they decided to drop the Indian captain from his position. 

3 things you need to know

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  • Hardik Pandya is the new Mumbai Indians captain
  • Rohit Sharma has been dropped as the MI skipper
  • Rohit has won five titles with Mumbai Indians

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IPL 2024: Mumbai Indians reveal why Rohit Sharma dropped as skipper

"It is part of legacy building and staying true to the MI philosophy of being future-ready," Mahela Jayawardene, Mumbai's global head of performance, said in a statement. 

"Mumbai Indians have always been blessed with exceptional leadership right from Sachin [Tendulkar] to Harbhajan [Singh] and Ricky [Ponting] to Rohit, who while contributing to the immediate success have always had an eye on strengthening the team for the future. It is in keeping with this philosophy that Hardik Pandya will assume captaincy of Mumbai Indians for the IPL 2024 season.

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"We express our gratitude to Rohit Sharma for his exceptional leadership; his tenure as the captain of the Mumbai Indians since 2013 has been nothing short of extraordinary. His leadership has not only brought unparalleled success to the team but has also solidified his place as one of the finest captains in the history of the IPL.

“Under his guidance, MI became one of the most successful and loved teams ever. We will look forward to his guidance and experience on and off the field to further strengthen MI. We welcome Hardik Pandya as the new captain of MI and wish him all the very best.”

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Published December 15th, 2023 at 18:22 IST