“Mumbai Indians Wanted To Release Jasprit Bumrah…Same With Hardik Pandya”: Ex Star On How Rohit Sharma Backed Duo

Ananya Shroff
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The Mumbai Indians are set for a fresh start in the IPL 2024 season, with Hardik Pandya taking the reins as the captain of the five-time champions. The transition in leadership from Rohit Sharma to Pandya has sparked intense debates on social media platforms.

Rohit Sharma’s Influence on Player Development

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Parthiv Patel, former Indian cricket team wicketkeeper and ex-Mumbai Indians player, shed light on Rohit Sharma’s role in nurturing talent within the Mumbai Indians camp. Patel shared anecdotes from his time with the franchise, highlighting Sharma’s keen eye for talent development.

“Rohit is always with the players and the biggest examples of it are Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. Bumrah joined MI for the first time in 2014, but when he played his first season in 2015, it didn’t turn out that well. It was like he was to be released mid-season but Rohit felt this player is going to shine and that they should keep him. And you saw how from 2016, Bumrah’s performance reached the next level,” Parthiv revealed during the Legends Lounge Show on Jio Cinema.

“Same with Hardik Pandya. When he joined in 2015, he became quite the rage but in 2016 he had a bad season. The thing is when you’re an uncapped player, franchises release you quickly and then assess how a player is performing in Ranji Trophy or other domestic matches before maybe taking them back. But Rohit did not let it happen. That’s why these guys went on to become the players that they did.”

Pandya’s Return to Mumbai Indians Camp

Expressing his happiness at rejoining the Mumbai Indians camp ahead of the IPL season, Hardik Pandya reminisced about the “emotions” and “memories” evoked by reconnecting with old friends. Pandya, who rejoined MI after a stint with the Gujarat Titans, is set to lead the team in the upcoming season.

“Day 1. So many emotions, so many memories. Seeing old friends and reliving the good old days. Excited for what’s ahead with this wonderful team. Let’s get down to business @mumbaiindians,” Pandya captioned his Instagram post, accompanied by a video of his reunion with colleagues and pictures of his practice sessions.

The Mumbai Indians’ journey under Pandya’s leadership promises to be an exciting chapter in the franchise’s history.

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