The cricket world was set abuzz when Hardik Pandya unexpectedly assumed leadership of the Mumbai Indians, taking over from Rohit Sharma after his impressive eleven-season stint. Sharma had played a pivotal role in the team’s rise to IPL dominance, making the leadership transition a significant moment. Pandya’s return to the franchise last month, following a high-profile trade from Gujarat Titans, set the stage for this unexpected change.
Adding intrigue to the narrative is Ritika Sajdeh, Rohit Sharma’s wife, who hinted at her reaction to the shift through a social media post linked to the Chennai Super Kings.
In a heartfelt tribute on Instagram, the Chennai Super Kings honored skipper Rohit Sharma, acknowledging his extraordinary journey during the ten-year span from 2013 to 2023. Sajdeh, in response, conveyed her sentiments using a heart symbol in the distinct yellow shade associated with the Chennai Super Kings’ jersey—a subtle yet significant gesture.
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Following this revelation, Mumbai Indians also took to social media to pay homage to Rohit in a poignant post.
In a statement, Mumbai Indians clarified that the change in leadership was a strategic move aligned with their future vision. They expressed gratitude to Rohit for his exceptional service and contributions. Notably, both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings hold the distinction of being the two most successful IPL franchises, each boasting five titles.
Under Rohit Sharma’s leadership from 2013, Mumbai Indians clinched their first IPL trophy and further triumphed in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. Their consistent competitive edge was evident in their playoff entry during the 2023 IPL season, a testament to Sharma’s leadership abilities.