Who will lead Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024: The Mumbai Indians recently shocked the cricket world by landing one of the biggest spears in the world. His name is Hardik Pandya, and he ‘previously’ led the Gujarat Titans. If this will put them in a stronger position than last year in the world’s biggest cricket league, another problem comes with it. Who will be the face of the team? Who will lead the Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2024? We are pretty sure that Mumbai Indians might have thought of it. But if you haven’t yet, we will do a small anatomy session here to help you out.
Mumbai Indians signed Hardik Pandya from Gujarat Titans 20 days before the scheduled IPL auction. This has brought two questions to the table. Who will lead the Gujarat Titans after Hardik? Also, if Hardik comes to Mumbai, will Rohit Sharma retain his position as their captain? Well, the first problem is solved, as the Titans are reportedly giving the responsibility to their young firearm Shubman Gill. But for the second one, we will try to solve the puzzle.
Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya Captaincy Records in the IPL
Hardik Pandya is a hotshot currently if you are looking for a captain for your IPL team. The Indian vice-captain has led Gujarat Titans in two consecutive seasons, and in both, the team reached the final, absolutely bashing everyone ahead of them. And in one of those finals, it ended with him kissing the trophy.
Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, is considered one of the best captains the IPL has ever seen so far. He led the Mumbai Indians to 5 league titles, the most any team ever did. He recently led India in the ODI World Cup and took the team to the final in the most dominant fashion. The ultimate game didn’t go well for him, which is another story to talk about.
Also, though he had been sitting on the throne of the IPL for many seasons, the last two weren’t really duck soup for him. While the last season saw MI lose in the semi-finals, the year before that saw them trashing themselves down at the bottom of the table when the season ended.
Two Biggest Names, and Who Will Step Back?
Well, getting Messi and Ronaldo on the same team sounds like a fantasy, and the whole world would pay to watch it. But will it really work? Not sure. We have a lot of prime examples of ‘not working’. The most prominent one is the Galacticos Team of Real Madrid, consisting of Zidane, Ronaldo Nazario, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Luiz Figo, and Raúl. On paper, all the big guns are ready to aim at the target for you. But on the other hand, if you lose your cohesion as a unit, it will backfire on you. Well, this cohesion wouldn’t be much of a matter in cricket because, when you contribute with your ball or bat in the game, you will be all alone yourself. Your individual skills and decision-making skills would matter much more than the understanding that you have with your colleagues.
But in cricket, a captain has a lot more on his collar. From choosing the squad to decisions on the toss, his or her decisions could change the outcome of a match. So it is very important for him or her to have the back of the dressing room. And coming to a mutual agreement is mandatory for the team’s collective performance.
Who will lead Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024?
Who will be in the cockpit for MI? It looks like Rohit Sharma would step down from his captaincy considering MI’s performances in the last two years as well as the heartbreak he has suffered from the World Cup Final. Maybe this is what Mumbai needs—a fresh start. And without the burden of the captaincy on his shoulder, Rohit could even become much more of a killer in the crease.
Is the decision already taken behind closed doors? Or is it still before the jury? In either case, we are sure that Mumbai Indians wouldn’t gamble on that without thinking twice or having a prior discussion internally.
In either of the cases, it should be waited and seen if Zilla and Kong could really make it work being in the same team.