Updated February 6th, 2024 at 17:11 IST
DELETED: Ritika Sajdeh's FIERY reaction to Boucher's Rohit and Hardik revelation leads to big action
After receiving severe reaction from fans and Rohit Sharma's wife Ritika Sajdeh, Mark Boucher's video on former MI captain has been removed.
After giving away a somewhat revelation of why Rohit Sharma was removed from the captaincy position in Mumbai Indians, MI head coach Mark Boucher's take received several reactions including a fiery one from Sharma's wife Ritika Sajdeh. The reaction of Sajdeh- "so many things wrong with this.."- drew much attention and as a consequence, the video source, "Banter with The Boys" removed their video.
However, it wasn't expected for the video to be removed but the quick reaction after Ritika's comment suggests something might not be right in the relationship between the franchise and the Indian captain. What happens next remains to be seen.
What did Mark Boucher say?
Mumbai Indians head coach Mark Boucher has revealed that Rohit Sharma's removal from the team's captaincy was a tough decision meant to free him as a batter given that he did not have a great run in the past couple of seasons.
The Reliance-owned franchise, in the most talked about one-way 'all-cash trade' in the IPL history, bought back all-rounder Hardik Pandya after his successful two-year stint with Gujarat Titans. The team subsequently named him the skipper replacing Rohit, who led the side to five IPL titles.
"We saw a window to get Hardik back as a player," Boucher told South Africa-based podcast 'Banter with The Boys'.
"We still want him (Rohit) as a player, absolutely because we know he has some great value to add and just go out there and actually enjoy it, without the hype of being the captain," he said.
"He probably hasn't had the best couple of seasons with the bat but he has done well as captain and I just thought after speaking with whole Mumbai Indians group, we thought may be this is an opportunity for him to step in for his last year or so," the coach added.
While the hype around an Indian skipper will still be there but Boucher expects Rohit to operate more freely with the bat.
"He will still captain India so that hype is going to be there but when he steps into the IPL, may be take that extra bit of pressure off him as captain and may be we get the best out of Rohit Sharma...," he hoped.
"...playing with nice smile on his face and spending time with beautiful family that he has got, there's no easy way to do it," he said.
Boucher said Rohit's busy schedule also puts pressure on Indian captain.
"One thing I picked up with Roh (nickname) is that he is a fantastic guy and he has been captaining for ages and he has been doing really well and not just for MI but for India as well, he walks into a place and there are cameras on him and he is so busy," Boucher said.
Rohit enjoys a massive fan base in social media and Boucher urged fans to understand his removal was a cricketing decision.
"A lot of people don't understand this in India and people get quite emotional about it...it is more of a cricketing decision that was made...it will bring the best out of Rohit as a person and a player and let him just go out there enjoy and score some good runs." On Pandya's return, Boucher said that the Baroda man has shown admirable leadership skills for Gujarat Titans in the past two editions.
"He is a Mumbai Indians boy and he won his first year as captain and came runner up in the second year, so there's obviously some very good leadership skills," he said.
(With inputs from PTI)
Published February 6th, 2024 at 16:57 IST