IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya breaks silence on his relationship with Rohit Sharma and captaincy change row

IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya breaks silence on his relationship with Rohit Sharma and captaincy change row

Hardik Pandya at a press conference for Mumbai Indians© X (Twitter)

Mumbai Indians Skipper Captain Hardik Pandya broke his silence on the captaincy change controversy that hit the franchise after Rohit Sharma was removed as the pack leader, making way for the returning Gujarat Titans all-rounder. Hardik was signed from Guajrat, a franchise he decided to join two years ago. At a press conference organized by Mumbai Indians on Monday, Hardik said that he did not expect anything awkward between him and Rohit.

“It’s a surreal feeling to be back. Everything I’ve experienced since 2015 has come through this journey. I never thought I’d get here and I can’t wait to play at Wankhede, my favorite ground.” , Hardik said on his comeback. .

When asked about the captaincy change, the all-rounder said he expects Rohit’s hand to be on his shoulder whenever he feels the need.

“Rohit Sharma is captain of the Indian team, which helps me, what this team has achieved, has been achieved under his leadership and I continue. I have played my entire career under him and I know he will have always his hand on my shoulder,” he said. said.

Hardik also confirmed that he will bowl for MI this season, having previously resorted to only being a batter due to injury concerns.

Even though fans’ emotions over the captaincy change saga have been negative at times, Hardik said he only likes to think about the things he can control.

“I will bowl. I respect the fans’ emotions but I can only control what is controllable. I respect them but I will focus on what I can do (as captain),” he said .

When asked if he had a conversation with Rohit since the captaincy change, Hardik said no concrete conversation was possible as the Hitman was travelling.

“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,” he said.

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