Amidst Hardik Pandya being named the new Mumbai Indians captain for IPL 2024 after a trade deal, fans expressed fury by burning team jerseys, flags, and caps in protest against the decision

The announcement of Hardik Pandya as the new captain of Mumbai Indians in place of the iconic Rohit Sharma has sparked outrage among fans, with widespread protests being witnessed across the country. This decision by the franchise comes after Pandya’s return last month following a significant trade from Gujarat Titans, where he captained for the past two seasons.

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While Mumbai Indians described the leadership change as part of their long-term strategy, fans have expressed their displeasure vividly. Social media erupted with videos showing supporters burning Mumbai Indians jerseys, flags, and caps in protest against Pandya’s appointment as skipper. One viral video depicted an individual hanging and setting fire to a Mumbai Indians jersey, while others showcased similar acts of dissent.

Mahela Jayawardene, Global Head of Performance at Mumbai Indians, emphasized the team’s legacy and future readiness with Hardik Pandya’s appointment as the new captain for IPL 2024. Acknowledging the lineage of exceptional leadership from Sachin Tendulkar to Rohit Sharma, Jayawardene highlighted their emphasis on immediate success coupled with a vision for team strengthening.

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Rohit Sharma’s captaincy tenure since 2013 brought unparalleled success with five IPL titles. Mumbai Indians expressed immense gratitude for Rohit’s outstanding leadership, acknowledging his instrumental role in their triumphs and establishing himself as one of the IPL’s finest captains.

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Last Updated on December 16, 2023

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