Following Rohit Sharma’s removal as captain of Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar Yadav has posted a cryptic message, sharing a broken heart emoji. The shift in leadership, which saw Hardik Pandya take on the captaincy, has raised concerns in the Mumbai Indians’ dressing room. Yadav, who recently led India in the T20I series against Australia and South Africa, expressed his emotions with the emotive symbol.
Yadav, formerly the vice-captain of Mumbai Indians in the last IPL, had previously stepped up as captain during Rohit Sharma’s absence as an Impact Player.
This follows a trend within the Mumbai Indians team, as Jasprit Bumrah had similarly posted a cryptic message on his Instagram story when Hardik Pandya returned to the team.
Bumrah’s post, featuring the phrase “Silence is sometimes the best answer,” reflected a sense of discontent after Pandya’s transfer from Gujarat Titans. Bumrah, a key player for Mumbai Indians since 2015, with multiple IPL title victories, reportedly aspired to captain the team and was dissatisfied with the decision to bring back Pandya.
Although Bumrah has not captained in any major format before, he had expressed interest in leading the Indian team before a career-threatening injury sidelined him for nearly a year. In 2022, Bumrah briefly served as the vice-captain of the Indian team during a three-match ODI series in South Africa.
Bumrah, known as India’s pace spearhead, has openly stated his willingness to captain the national team if given the opportunity. Despite not having captained a Test match before, Bumrah assumed the role for the Edgbaston Test against England in 2022 when Rohit Sharma was unavailable due to COVID-19.
The article also touches on Mumbai Indians’ past decisions regarding captaincy, noting instances such as the appointment of Rohit Sharma as captain in 2013, leading to multiple IPL titles.