Fans expressed strong dismay on social media platforms over Hardik Pandya taking over as Mumbai Indians’ captain from Rohit Sharma for the IPL 2024 season.

In a surprising turn, Mumbai Indians appointed Hardik Pandya as their new captain, replacing Rohit Sharma for the upcoming IPL season. This decision arrived shortly after Pandya, the former skipper of Gujarat Titans, joined MI in a trade deal worth ₹15 crore. This abrupt change marked the end of Rohit Sharma’s ten-year captaincy era in the league.

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Fans on social media, particularly on X (formerly Twitter), expressed dissatisfaction, labeling it unfair to Sharma, the architect of five IPL triumphs for Mumbai Indians. Some compared it to a pre-decided situation, akin to “selling a TV to buy a remote,” while others lamented the loss, believing the franchise won’t find another captain like Rohit Sharma.

The IPL Auction 2024, set for December 19, 2023, will unfold at Dubai’s Coac-Cola Arena with ten franchises vying for players. Following the recent conclusion of the World Cup 2023, teams anticipate a competitive bidding frenzy to acquire standout performers like Travis Head, Rachin Ravindra, Shardul Thakur, and Mitchell Starc, among others. This auction, occurring a month post the World Cup, is poised to witness high-stake bids, potentially shattering records in the pursuit of securing talented cricket stars.

Last Updated on December 15, 2023

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