Mumbai Indians’ Head of Cricket, Mahela Jayawardene, shared insights on the team’s recent developments during the IPL Auction 2024 in Dubai. In a conversation with JioCinema on December 19, he shed light on the appointment of Hardik Pandya as the new captain and the transition in leadership at MI.

Speaking about Hardik Pandya’s captaincy, Jayawardene expressed confidence in the all-rounder’s abilities, noting his experience leading the Gujarat team. He highlighted the opportunity to leverage Hardik’s leadership skills to enhance Mumbai Indians’ performance.

The decision to appoint a new captain was acknowledged as a tough one by Jayawardene, who emphasized the emotional aspect of such transitions. He explained that as a franchise, Mumbai Indians value and cherish the contributions of every player. Despite the difficulty in making such decisions, the focus remains on building upon the team’s legacy and striving for victories and trophies in the future.

Addressing fan reactions, Jayawardene acknowledged the emotional connection fans have with the team and the inevitability of varied responses to changes. He stressed the importance of respecting fans’ emotions while also emphasizing the franchise’s responsibility to make strategic decisions for the team’s success.

Regarding Rohit Sharma’s role in the team, Jayawardene highlighted the significance of having the seasoned player guide the next generation. He praised Rohit’s contributions both on and off the field, expressing confidence that he will continue to play a vital role in shaping the team’s legacy. Drawing parallels with Sachin Tendulkar’s leadership style in the past, Jayawardene emphasized the importance of experienced players passing on leadership roles to ensure the team’s continued success.