Akash Ambani Drives Rohit Sharma To Wankhede Stadium | IPL 2024

Akash Ambani drives Hitman Rohit Sharma to Wankhede Stadium ahead of RCB clash

The Mumbai Indians co-owner Akash Ambani drives the former MI skipper Rohit Sharma towards the Wankhede Stadium ahead of the 25th match of the IPL 2024 against the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) scheduled on 11th April (Thursday).

A recent video became viral on social media where Akash Ambani was handling the steering and Rohit Sharma was spotted seated on the passenger’s seat of the costly Bentley Bentayga SUV car.

Usually, players arrive at the venue in their team bus, but Rohit opted to travel to the stadium with Akash instead.

What led Akash Ambani and Rohit Sharma to plan for a long drive? Is this the first time that Akash Ambani and Rohit Sharma are having a conversation? Let us attempt to figure out the possible reasons in detail…

Why did Akash Ambani plan for a long drive with Rohit Sharma?

After winning the first match against the Delhi Capitals (DC); Akash Ambani as the MI co-owner plans to motivate the experienced cricketer Rohit Sharma by going for an interesting drive; aiming to ensure that the team wins their 2nd match against RCB. Especially, the 29-run victory against DC was a must-win situation for MI to recover from the bottom position of the IPL 2024 points table.

Particularly, Rohit Sharma’s brilliant knock of 49 runs from 27 balls (including 6 fours and 3 sixes)in the previous match; showed his intent to punish the bowlers in the powerplay overs. An encouragement to the 36-year-old batter makes him convert those starts into huge scores which is essential for the success of both Hitman and the Mumbai Indians team.

It isn’t the first time that these two individuals are involved in a discussion. Earlier, both Rohit and Akash were seen in a conversation after facing a 31-run loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) which fuelled the speculations to a great extent.

Most importantly, Mumbai Indians wanted to keep their chances of qualifying for the playoffs by winning the remaining matches of the ongoing season. The Mumbai Indians led by Hardik Pandya didn’t have a great start to the IPL 2024 season after facing three consecutive losses.

Especially, the decision to remove Rohit Sharma as the MI captain and trade Hardik Pandya from Gujarat Titans (GT) to appoint him as the new skipper ahead of the IPL 2024 auction resulted in the team split into two sections. According to the reports, players like Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma and others support Rohit Sharma. Whereas, Ishan Kishan and other sets of players are aligned with Hardik Pandya.

Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya in IPL 2024:

The rivalry between Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya on the field has shaken the confidence levels of the other players in the squad.

In their first match of IPL 2024 against Gujarat Titans. Hardik Pandya, as a captain, commanded the former MI captain Rohit Sharma to stand near the boundary ropes; which was completely unusual. Typically, Rohit Sharma fields within the 30-yard circle and his reaction after receiving Hardik’s command towards him intensified the controversy to a peak level. Additionally, Hitman’s fans showed their furious reactions by abusing Hardik Pandya in the stadium as well as on social media.

Furthermore, the way Akash and Rohit were discussing inside the car further raised the doubts of every cricket fan; whether the Mumbai Indians team management is trying to convince Rohit Sharma who is completely disappointed with the team’s performance.

Also, many discussions were evolving about the future of Rohit Sharma in the team; and several rumours speculated that the Hitman was planning to leave the MI franchise after the IPL 2024.

Conclusion:

Amidst several controversies surrounding the Mumbai Indians team, the main reason why Akash Ambani drove Rohit Sharma to the Wankhede Stadium ahead of the match remains unclear.

Possibly, a motivation for Rohit Sharma as an opener could help Mumbai Indians get off to a flying start. And score huge runs. Though Rohit Sharma has maintained a strike rate of 171.01 by exhibiting a massive force in the powerplay overs in the IPL 2024; he still needs to score his first half-century of the season. Additionally, his experience could help Hardik Pandya’s struggling leadership skills in the forthcoming matches.

Despite the fact Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are the former skippers of their current IPL teams, fans are excited to watch the clash between these two superstars to witness which player becomes the star performer of the match.

Also, it would be interesting to watch the contest of Rohit and Mohammed Siraj as well. It is because Siraj has never dismissed Rohit in any IPL season.

Notably, RCB has won only 1 out of 5 matches in IPL 2024; and finds themselves in a tougher position when compared to Mumbai Indians. Faf du Plessis and his men will hope to turn their fortunes favourable by aiming to register their 2nd win of the season against MI.

Overall, the upcoming match in Mumbai would be an explosive showdown as MI takes on RCB. Since 2020, the RCB has dominated MI by winning 5 out of 7 contests. Whereas, MI has an upper hand against RCB with 7-3 at Wankhede.

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