Mumbai Indians announced Hardik Pandya as their captain for the upcoming IPL season, succeeding Rohit Sharma, whose captaincy led the team to five IPL titles since he took over mid-way during the 2013 season.

Mumbai Indians announced Hardik Pandya as their captain for the upcoming IPL season, succeeding Rohit Sharma, who led the team to five titles since taking charge in 2013. Having played 92 matches for Mumbai Indians, Hardik later captained Gujarat Titans, guiding them to the final in both the 2022 and 2023 seasons, securing victory in their debut year.

Mahela Jayawardene, Mumbai Indians’ Global Head of Performance, highlighted the team’s legacy-building approach. He emphasized the franchise’s philosophy of future readiness, praising past leaders like Sachin, Harbhajan, Ricky, and Rohit for their immediate success while strategically bolstering the team. This move aligns with Mumbai Indians’ ethos, ensuring Hardik Pandya takes the helm for IPL 2024, continuing the legacy of visionary leadership.

 “It is part of legacy building and staying true to the MI philosophy of being future-ready. Mumbai Indians have always been blessed with exceptional leadership right from Sachin to Harbhajan and Ricky 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,” Jayawardene said.

“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,” he added.

Pandya had been a pivotal member of MI’s squad from 2015 to 2021, contributing significantly in 92 matches. Nonetheless, preceding the 2022 mega auction, MI opted to release the versatile all-rounder, leading to his subsequent signing with the Titans franchise.

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Last Updated on December 15, 2023

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