Former Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has unfollowed the franchise on Twitter amid the shift in captaincy. He is, however, following them on Instagram.
Rohit Sharma, who recently led India to a 3-0 series win over Afghanistan and is likely to lead in the T20 World Cup 2024, was replaced as his IPL franchise’s captain last month. Hardik Pandya, who returned to the Mumbai Indians after two highly successful seasons at the Gujarat Titans, was named the new skipper ahead of the IPL 2024 auction.
Rohit brought all the glory to the franchise, propelling MI to 5 IPL titles. But MI had not reached an IPL final in the last three seasons. During the same time, Hardik Pandya, who was with MI from 2015 to 2021 but was not retained, led Gujarat to one trophy and one runner-up position in two consecutive seasons, and the Chennai Super Kings equaled Mumbai’s tally of 5 IPL titles by winning two titles in the last three seasons.
It was reported that Hardik Pandya had put the precondition of being immediately appointed as Mumbai Indians’ captain ahead of finalizing his trade back to MI from GT.
Rohit Sharma unfollows Mumbai Indian on Twitter
The fans of Rohit Sharma slammed the franchise on social media after the 36-year-old was replaced as the skipper by the all-rounder. It also felt there was unrest among senior players Suryakumar Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah as both of them posted cryptic Instagram stories.
Now, Rohit has unfollowed Mumbai Indians on Twitter, perhaps indicating his frustration and upsetness with the franchise for being replaced as the captain. With the T20 World Cup 2024 scheduled after the IPL, perhaps Rohit Sharma wanted to lead MI for one more season, especially now that they have Jasprit Bumrah fit too.
Last season, Sharma captained the side brilliantly, even though his own form with the bat was disappointing. Despite the absence of Bumrah and Jofra Archer featuring in only 5 games, Rohit managed to lead MI to the playoffs and defeat Lucknow in the Eliminator before losing Qualifier 2 to Hardik’s GT.