‘Hardik Pandya is the captain, Rohit Sharma is…’: MI star Tilak Varma on captaincy scenario

"Hardik Pandya is the captain, Rohit Sharma is...": MI Star Tilak Varma on captaincy scenario

Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma during a practice session for Mumbai Indians© X (Twitter)

As Mumbai Indians prepare for their opening match of the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, a new management structure has been put in place, with Hardik Pandya replace Rohit Sharma as captain. Although it would take a few games to see how the new structure works for the five-time champions, but for the franchise’s middle-order hitter Tilak Varma, not much has changed since Hardik took the reins. The left-hander explained how Hardik and Rohit are always available for other players in the team.

In the press conference ahead of MI’s opening match against Gujarat Titans, Tilak faced many questions about the captaincy change scenario in the team. He had nothing but good things to say about Hardik the leader.

“Rohit has been there for us and Hardik bhai has also been there for us. It’s the same, just follow the basics. Strategy-wise, everything is going well. It’s the same, nothing new,” said Varma said.

Tilak also made his debut in India under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, and is now heading to the IPL2024 season with the versatile as skipper. While Hardik is the designated captain of the team, Tilak explained how Rohit is there for the captain and others whenever they need his advice.

“I made my debut under him (Hardik) when I was playing for India, so it’s going well. Hardik is the captain, Rohit is always there for Hardik and the team. We get along well as a team.” , he added.

Tilak also spoke about his own role in the team, saying that having made his debut for India, he now had a bigger responsibility on his shoulders.

“Last year was a good season, but now, as a senior player and having played for India, I have a slightly bigger responsibility to play mature innings. As I said earlier, I always want to finish matches and I have good knowledge. and I experienced it while playing for India, so I am looking forward to using it now,” he said.

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