Yuvraj Singh about Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya captaincy debate: A clear-cut answer with interesting facts
Ever since Mumbai Indians announced its new skipper for IPL 2024, the captaincy debate of Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya has become the talk of the town. Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh too revealed such situations when he was similarly approaching the twilight of his cricketing career.
The veteran opening batsman Rohit Sharma has led Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles. He shares the record with Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni by becoming the most successful captain in the history of the Indian Premier League.
Despite leading Gujarat Titans in back-to-back finals, the franchise was ready to trade Hardik Pandya for a jaw-dropping deal.
Hardik Pandya’s trade from Gujarat Titans to Mumbai Indians for INR 15 crores made fans suspicious. Many questions were raised among the fans why would any franchise in the world ever spend a whopping amount for an all-rounder?
At that time, who would have expected that it would be the beginning of the captaincy war of Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya?
Within a short time, the franchise officially announced Hardik Pandya as the new Mumbai Indians captain, thereby retaining Rohit Sharma only as an opening batsman.
As the captaincy debate of Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya continues day by day, several fans pose many interesting questions:
- Was Mumbai Indians right in replacing Hardik Pandya as captain in place of Rohit Sharma?
- Why Mumbai Indians is not prioritizing Rohit Sharma who has been with the franchise for 10 years?
- Is this the end of Rohit Sharma’s era in the IPL?
There have been mixed responses from several fans regarding the sudden captaincy change.
Recently, Yuvraj Singh answered all these questions on behalf of every cricket fan. By citing his example, he clarified about the clash of Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya in detail…
Yuvraj Singh about Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya Captaincy debate
Finally, Yuvraj Singh opened up the captaincy debate of Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya by supporting Mumbai Indians‘ decision:
“As you get older, it eventually becomes difficult to play for a franchise. For every player, aging itself is a big challenge. Commonly, each franchise is eager to promote a young player on whom they have invested a lucrative amount of money. Also, it is a fair policy to implement.
Also, I faced such circumstances in my life. However, experience cannot be substituted. Rohit Sharma has a vast experience. He has delivered an impressive performance in many games. At the same time, a franchise must consider its long-term plans”.
Furthermore, Yuvraj Singh shares about the youngsters’ performance in T20Is:
“In recent times, most of the young players have been performing exceptionally well. Particularly, in T20Is, there has been a tremendous change in the approach of the game.
But, as I have said earlier there isn’t any replacement for experience.”
Indirectly, Yuvraj Singh highlighted that Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli might face tough competition from these youngsters:
- Yashasvi Jaiswal
- Shivam Dube
- Tilak Varma
- Ruturaj Gaikwad
At the same time, Yuvraj Singh supports the Ro-Ko (Rohit-Kohli) combination. He strongly believes that the duo combination will continue to perform well in all formats of cricket.
The captaincy controversy of Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya not only continues for the IPL 2024 but also the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024.
Yuvraj Singh- The 2011 World Cup winner, believes that in a competitive tournament like IPL, major decisions taken wouldn’t be surprising.
At present, Rohit Sharma made his comeback into the T20 internationals for the series against Afghanistan. Mainly, the selectors preferred him with no option left following the injury of Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya.
Under Rohit Sharma’s leadership, Team India managed to seal the ongoing 3-match T20 series with a 2-0 win.
Despite making a comeback into T20 after 14 months of the ICC T20 World Cup semi-finals, Rohit Sharma failed to make a huge impact. In two consecutive matches, the core batsman departed for a duck.
Even if Hardik Pandya regains his fitness and leads his team in IPL 2024, fans are curious to know who will lead Team India for the T20 World Cup 2024. Again the captaincy war of Rohit Sharma vs Hardik Pandya takes a new turn.
Moreover, Rohit Sharma, both as a captain and a batsman hasn’t displayed his peak form in the previous two seasons of IPL.
Also, the IPL 2024 is going to be very important for Rohit Sharma. It is the only chance for the ‘Hitman’ to secure his spot as the selectors would be keen on his form.
As the upcoming IPL season spreads with unexpected twists, a huge challenge for Mumbai Indians and its new captain awaits to reclaim their winning momentum.