IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya Set Condition To Return Only As Captain Of MI - Report Hardik Pandya will lead MI as captain in IPL 2024.

A few weeks back in November 2023, Hardik Pandya was the hot topic in  town. He returned to Mumbai Indians after leading Gujarat Titans as captain for two seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Days later in December, Pandya is trending again as he replaced Rohit Sharma as the captain of the Mumbai franchise. Rohit had been the captain of MI for ten years getting them to five IPL titles. As reported by the Indian Express, Rohit was informed about the decision to bring Pandya back but it was also expressed to him that it can only happen if the star all-rounder returns as the captain of the team.

The reports suggests that Rohit was informed about the decision before the World Cup began in a series of meetings. Rohit agreed to play under Hardik. It is also reported that Pandya was clear about his return and his condition was that he will only return if MI give him the captaincy role. (Broken Heart: Suryakumar Yadav’s Cryptic Instagram Story After Rohit Sharma Removed As Captain Of Mumbai Indians Ahead Of IPL 2024)

Hardik Pandya set the condition that he would return to Mumbai Indians only if he was given the captaincy. (Indian Express). pic.twitter.com/ouRNUJ0gqs

Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 16, 2023

In a press release on Friday, the franchise’s global head of performance Mahela Jayawardene stated, “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.”

Back in 2013, Rohit Sharma took over as captain of MI after the team had struggled under Ricky Ponting’s leadership. It was a call that led to their very first title. Since then, together with MS Dhoni, Rohit has guided the team to four more championships, sharing the record for most captains.

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