Why are the Chennai Super Kings still playing with Thala Dhoni, and why did the Mumbai Indians swap Rohit Sharma for Hardik Pandya so brutally?

There is still discussion about the Mumbai Indians’ new captain. Rohit Sharma was replaced as the Mumbai Indians’ captain for the 2024 Indian Premier League by Hardik Pandya on Friday.
The Mumbai Indians’ recently appointed captain, Hardik Pandya, is expected to infuse the team with new ideas, according to legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. In an interview with Star Sports, Gavaskar added that Rohit Sharma has looked worn out and hasn’t played well at the bat lately.

Leading his teams to five titles apiece, Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni of the Chennai Super Kings are among the most successful captains in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The Mumbai Indians, though, haven’t played well lately. In the 2022 edition, the squad placed last.

Gavaskar notes that Rohit’s weariness can be brought on by his ongoing leadership of the Indian national team and the Mumbai Indians. He underlined that choosing Hardik to be the Mumbai Indians’ captain was a team choice and should be viewed as such rather than as right or wrong.

According to Gavaskar, he may have been tired from captaining the Indian team and later the Mumbai Indians because he had played cricket nonstop.

Although Rohit had historically contributed greatly with the bat, Gavaskar admitted that the team’s play had been worse in recent years. In the Gujarat Titans’ maiden season in 2022, Hardik led the team to two finals and one victory, demonstrating his leadership abilities.

Irfan Pathan, a former Indian all-rounder, too recognized Rohit’s role in establishing the Mumbai Indians over time. Rohit led the squad to playoff qualification this year despite obstacles including the unavailability of important players and bad form, he claimed.

Expert cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle believes that Hardik Pandya’s selection as captain was made with the future in mind. He said it was sensible to give Sharma some respite given the arduous nature of the IPL and the fact that he will be captaining India in five tests soon before the competition.

It was widely known that Hardik Pandya would lead the Mumbai Indians as captain. The IPL may wear you out, and since Rohit Sharma will have led India in five tests a little earlier, it might not be a terrible idea to let him unwind and enjoy himself. Hardik tweeted that even though this decision is made with the next several years in mind, considering the number of stars on the team and the franchise’s goal, it will be extremely difficult.

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