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Did you speak to Rohit Sharma after MI’s captaincy change? Awkward response from Hardik Pandya | Cricket News

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Mumbai Indian skipper Hardik Pandya ahead of IPL 2024© X (formerly Twitter)

Hardik Pandya open to replacement Rohit Sharma as skipper of Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season and said he did not have time to speak much to the Indian cricket team skipper on the subject as he has been on tour lately. Pandya made a sensational transfer from Gujarat Titans to MI and his appointment meant the end of Rohit’s ten-year tenure as captain. At a recent event, Pandya was asked if he had a chance to discuss the change of direction with Rohit and the Indian all-rounder had a clear answer.

“Yes and no. I don’t have much time to speak with Rohit because he is on tour. I will definitely catch up with him when he joins the team,” Hardik said at the event.

Pandya also said that Rohit will continue to be a guiding force for him during the IPL despite the unexpected change in management announced by the franchise ahead of the upcoming season.

“It won’t be any different, he’ll always be there to help me. This team, what they’ve achieved, they’ve achieved under him and I just have to continue on this path. He’s going to have his hand on my shoulders ,” Pandya said during a media interaction.

“We respect the fans but we focus on the sport and what is required. I focus on the controllable elements, the fans have all the rights and I respect their opinion,” he replied when asked. asked about fans’ outrage over Rohit’s withdrawal.

The star all-rounder will make his return to top-level cricket with the IPL, after undergoing a lengthy rehabilitation for the ankle injury he suffered during the ODI World Cup at home in October.

“I have no problem with my body, I plan to play every match. In IPL, I haven’t missed many matches anyway. Technically, I was out for three months. It was a freak injury and it had nothing to do with my body’s previous injuries. I tried to stop the ball and ended up getting injured,” Pandya said.

(With PTI inputs)

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