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Shouldn’t be thinking emotionally about Rohit: Manjrekar’s controversial take

Shouldn’t be thinking emotionally about Rohit: Manjrekar’s controversial take

Under Rohit's leadership, MI clinched five titles in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020.

The recent decision to replace Rohit Sharma as the Mumbai Indians’ (MI) skipper for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) with Hardik Pandya has sparked emotional reactions among fans. However, cricket commentator Sanjay Manjrekar emphasized the need to view the move through a cricketing lens rather than succumbing to sentimental attachments.

Manjrekar, addressing the captaincy change, asserted that sentiments should not cloud the fact that Hardik Pandya is a proven leader with a remarkable T20 track record. After leading the Gujarat Titans to IPL success in the previous season, Hardik’s move to Mumbai Indians comes with a commendable captaincy record.

“One should not be thinking sentimentally or emotionally about Rohit Sharma. I think it’s a good move as Hardik Pandya is a proven leader and has had a great run. So, he is your in-form T20 captain and player,” stated Manjrekar in an interview with Star Sports following India’s victory against South Africa in the first ODI.

Rohit Sharma: Legend of IPL

Manjrekar acknowledged Rohit Sharma longstanding association with Mumbai Indians and his remarkable leadership that contributed to five IPL titles. However, he stressed the importance of recognizing cricketing sense in the decision to entrust Hardik Pandya with the captaincy.

“I just hope he [Hardik Pandya] doesn’t feel the pressure of how the transfer happened and Mumbai Indians backing him so much,” added Manjrekar.

Insidesport

Rohit Sharma, an IPL stalwart, assumed the captaincy role for Mumbai Indians midway through the 2013 IPL, succeeding Ricky Ponting. Under his leadership, the team clinched five titles in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020, solidifying his legacy in the tournament.

As the cricketing community processes this significant change, Manjrekar encourages fans to appreciate the strategic dimension behind such decisions, recognizing the dynamic nature of team compositions and leadership roles in T20 cricket.

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