MI omits Rohit Sharma from Team India’s test squad poster: Fans criticize severely on social media
The season of red-ball cricket along with the 17th edition of the IPL is in full swing. Team India is gearing up for their first test series against England along with domestic cricket on its way. Meanwhile, fans criticized severely as MI omits Rohit Sharma from the poster of Team India’s test squad.
Recently, many franchises of the Indian Premier League shared their post about their players playing against the Three Lions.
Simultaneously, Mumbai Indians (MI) started another controversy about Team India’s squad. This time, MI omits Rohit Sharma in their post after BCCI announced the 16-member squad for the first two tests. It made fans furious by not displaying the present Indian test skipper and former Mumbai Indians captain’s image on the poster.
Mumbai Indians shared a post with the visual representation of three players namely KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and Shreyas Iyer. Though the franchise chose to highlight the vice-captain- Jasprit Bumrah, they didn’t include Rohit Sharma.
During the trade window period of IPL 2024, Mumbai Indians traded Hardik Pandya from Gujarat Titans for INR 15 crores. Not only did they retain the Indian all-rounder, but also appointed him as their new captain by replacing Rohit.
Shockingly, the franchise replaced the 5-time winning skipper of the IPL tournament.
Several speculations arose after a drastic change in leadership as Mumbai Indians lost more than 5 lakh followers within a day. Also, fans burnt the jerseys and flags of the Mumbai Indians.
Fans’ Reaction after MI Omits Rohit Sharma from IND vs ENG test match poster
The unusual move by the Mumbai Indians sparked an off-field controversy that led to a heated debate among all fans.
Fans started to believe that the relationship between Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians is in the form of a downward spiral.
Especially, after MI omits Rohit Sharma many cricket enthusiasts ventured their anger at the post on social media.
Moreover, the supporters of Rohit Sharma criticize the franchise with a common slogan ‘one family’.
Many supporters captioned that though other franchises couldn’t use Rohit Sharma’s image it wasn’t expected from the same family.
Few others commented that it would be better if Rohit could play for other teams in the IPL.
Additionally, fans fumed against Mumbai Indians by hinting at the possibility of benching Rohit Sharma in IPL 2024.
Recently, a countless number of fans have unfollowed Mumbai Indians from its official page on Instagram.
Gujarat Titans post highlighting Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and others
Interestingly, Gujarat Titans’ post consisting of Rohit Sharma, and Shubman Gill’s images fueled up the speculations among all cricket fans and experts.
The franchise that earlier struck a deal with Mumbai Indians and traded Hardik Pandya, posted their Indian squad announcement poster by honoring the Indian skipper along with the Gujarat Titans’ new captain.
Furthermore, it led fans to harshly react against the Mumbai Indians franchise.
For instance, Royal Challengers Bangalore frequently uses Virat Kohli’s image in the promotional posters despite not being the skipper. It shows the franchise prioritizing Virat Kohli, who has been part of RCB since the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008.
On the other side, Rohit Sharma contributed his best efforts for his team since 2011. But, he wasn’t prioritized to the best extent by Mumbai Indians when compared to Virat Kohli.
Conclusive Facts about MI omits Rohit Sharma from the test series poster
Unexpectedly, Hardik Pandya started to receive huge criticism after Mumbai Indians appointed him as the new captain.
Within less than a month, Mumbai Indians give another huge shock to Rohit Sharma by omitting from the test series poster of the England tour of India 2024.
Rather, the franchise took the initiative to promote the Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul. Also, Kolkata Knight Riders’ new captain Shreyas Iyer was included in the poster.
Ahead of the IPL 2024, Mumbai Indians lose a huge fan base by not valuing Rohit.
Earlier, fans reacted similarly when Rohit Sharma was not included in the Jio Cinema’s poster during the IPL 2024 auction.
Although Rohit Sharma remains in the team, fans are still dissatisfied with the franchise decision.
Despite Rohit Sharma being removed as Mumbai Indians captain, he leads the Indian cricket team for the ongoing 3-match T20I series against Afghanistan as well as for the upcoming 5-match test series against England.
Also, Rohit began the year 2024 by winning the 2nd test match against South Africa to level the series with 1-1. Furthermore, Team India won the ongoing 3-match T20I series against Afghanistan with 2-0.
Possibly, Mumbai Indians might be attempting to shift their focus towards young players after Hardik Pandya became the new captain.
However, the true motive after MI omits Rohit Sharma from the promotional posters remains unclear.
The main reason that left fans upset was excluding a skipper like Rohit who captained Mumbai Indians for 10 years.
Overall, Rohit Sharma’s fans are not at all happy with Mumbai Indians giving less preference to him.