IPL 2024: MI camp in turmoil as tensions rise between Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya – Reports

May 14, 2024

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In the high-stakes arena of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, tensions between former Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma and current skipper Hardik Pandya have reached a boiling point, casting a shadow over their team’s prospects. With the impending T20 World Cup 2024, the escalating rift between the two key players could spell trouble for India’s aspirations to clinch an ICC trophy after an eleven-year drought.

Leadership shake-up causes strain

The seeds of discord were sown when the MI stunned the cricketing world by appointing Hardik as their captain, replacing the illustrious Rohit, a five-time IPL champion and esteemed leader in the tournament’s history. This unprecedented move marked the first instance of a current Indian captain Rohit playing under another leader in the IPL arena.

Rift threatens MI’ stability: Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya

Notably, fans expressed their discontent vocally, with Hardik facing boos in stadiums during the initial phase of the 17th edition of the IPL. This unexpected reception was a far cry from the expected homecoming for the Indian all-rounder, adding complexity to his own performance struggles amidst MI’s disappointing campaign. After three lackluster seasons under Rohit’s captaincy, MI’s hopes of resurgence were dashed as they became the first team to crash out of the tournament.

Against the backdrop of these developments, MI’s visit to Kolkata for a crucial match against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) unveiled further fissures within the team. Pre-match discussions were dominated by a viral audio clip featuring Rohit conversing with Abhishek Nayar, KKR’s assistant coach. Though the clip’s audio was unclear, Rohit’s reference to establishing a cohesive team culture hinted at underlying tensions.

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Fissures within MI camp

Another incident during the practice session shed light on the growing divide between Rohit and Hardik, underscoring the existence of two distinct factions within the MI setup.  According to the Dainik Jagran Reports surfaced suggesting that the two stalwarts rarely trained together during this IPL season. Ahead of the clash against KKR, Rohit took to the nets first, with no sight of Hardik. Interestingly, when Hardik eventually emerged for practice, Rohit and his contingent, including the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma, promptly relocated to another part of the ground.

Performance woes

On the performance front, both Rohit and Hardik have faltered in IPL 2024, mirroring MI’s struggles on the field. The franchise, renowned for its success and fan following, faces the ignominy of a potential bottom-place finish. Hardik’s lackluster season, marked by a paltry 200 runs at an average of 18 and a concerning economy rate, has compounded MI’s woes. Meanwhile, Rohit’s initial promise fizzled out, leaving him with 349 runs at a strike rate of 145 for the year.

As the IPL season draws to a close, the rift between Rohit and Hardik looms large, posing a formidable challenge for MI and raising concerns for India’s T20 World Cup campaign. With both players integral to India’s success, resolving these internal conflicts becomes imperative to fortify the team’s unity and focus on the ultimate goal of international glory.

Also READ: IPL 2024: Rohit Sharma’s visit to KKR dressing room fuels transfer speculations

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