In a major development, Mumbai Indians have announced Hardik Pandya as the captain for IPL 2024, marking the end of Rohit Sharma’s illustrious tenure as the team’s skipper. The Mumbai Indians’ Global Head of Performance, Mahela Jayawardene, confirmed this significant leadership shift for the upcoming season.

Hardik Pandya, a distinguished all-rounder in international cricket, will now lead the Mumbai Indians, succeeding Rohit Sharma, who has been the team’s longest-serving and highly successful captain. This transition signifies a pivotal moment for the franchise as they entrust the captaincy to Pandya, a renowned figure in the cricketing world.

Rohit Sharma, the iconic leader, leaves behind a commendable captaincy record with 158 matches, 87 victories, 67 losses, and 4 tied games. His leadership journey began when Mumbai Indians had no IPL titles, and under his captaincy, the team has secured an impressive tally of five titles.

The official statement from the Mumbai Indians reads, “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 [Tendulkar] to Harbhajan [Singh] and Ricky [Ponting] 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.”

Expressing gratitude to Rohit Sharma, the statement continues, “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.”

Hardik Pandya’s appointment brings fresh energy to the squad, promising an exciting chapter for the Mumbai Indians in the upcoming IPL season. Fans eagerly anticipate the dynamic all-rounder’s captaincy debut, as he takes on the responsibility of leading one of the most successful franchises in IPL history.