Who will captain Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024?

Amidst the cricketing carousel, Hardik Pandya is set to make a triumphant return to the Mumbai Indians after a two-year stint with the Gujarat Titans. The franchise recently unveiled a cash-laden trade, marking Pandya’s homecoming after being released ahead of the IPL mega auction in 2021. His Gujarat Titans chapter saw him not only steering the team to a title in his debut season but also guiding them to the final earlier this year.

While Rohit Sharma recently led India to the World Cup final, the air is thick with uncertainty regarding his T20I future, especially given his absence from the format since the outset of 2023. The return of Hardik Pandya to Mumbai Indians has stirred the pot of confusion surrounding the team’s captaincy scenario.

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Former Indian cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth had previously voiced his belief that if Pandya made the leap from the Gujarat Titans to the Mumbai Indians, he would likely assume the leadership mantle. Srikkanth expressed confidence that Rohit Sharma, the incumbent skipper, would facilitate a seamless transition of power if the trade materialized.

At 36, Rohit Sharma stands as the most adorned captain in the Indian Premier League, boasting five IPL trophies—a feat shared only with the legendary MS Dhoni.

Post the World Cup 2023 heartbreak, Rohit Sharma finds himself at a crossroads, contemplating pivotal decisions about his captaincy. Despite his explosive T20 performances in the World Cup, accumulating 597 runs at a striking rate of 120.94, his T20I and IPL statistics have witnessed a dip. The looming question is whether the IPL 2024 will witness the critical decision regarding his future.

As Rohit Sharma ponders relinquishing one format to elongate his Team India career, the prospect of stepping down from the Mumbai Indians’ captaincy is also on the horizon. This move could potentially alleviate the pressure on him, fostering a more liberated approach to his batting, akin to his recent World Cup performance.

There’s speculation that Hardik Pandya might lead India in the T20 World Cup 2024, possibly succeeding Rohit Sharma, who might recede from T20Is. In the Mumbai Indians setup, Pandya seems poised to ascend to the captaincy, having already demonstrated his leadership prowess with the Gujarat Titans, clinching the IPL title in his debut season.

Former South African and Royal Challengers Bangalore batter AB de Villiers has chimed in on the matter, stating, “He (Rohit Sharma) leads India in international cricket, and I feel Hardik will take up the leadership role at MI to ease some pressure from Rohit’s shoulders.”