Hardik Pandya to lead Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024

Hardik Pandya to Lead Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024, Aims to Continue Rohit Sharma’s Legacy

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Date: March 18, 2024 | Location: New Delhi

In an electrifying prelude to the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Hardik Pandya, the newly appointed captain of Mumbai Indians, expressed his delight and determination to lead the franchise he once began his cricketing journey with. Speaking at a press conference alongside head coach Mark Boucher, Pandya reflected on his unexpected ascent to captaincy and his eagerness to carry forward the legacy established by his predecessor, Rohit Sharma.

“It feels wonderful, my journey started from here and I never thought that 10 years down the line, I will be leading this side. It feels very good,” remarked Pandya, encapsulating the sentiment of embarking on a new chapter with Mumbai Indians.

Hardik Pandya

Pandya’s association with Mumbai Indians dates back to his IPL debut in 2015, where he became an integral part of the squad, contributing significantly to the team’s four title triumphs. His stint with Gujarat Titans in 2022 saw him lead the franchise to a title victory, marking a significant milestone in his career. Now, with his return to Mumbai Indians and ascension to captaincy, Pandya is poised to steer the team to further glory.

Referring to his leadership role, Pandya humbly acknowledged the support and mentorship he received from Rohit Sharma, stating, “It won’t be any different because he (Rohit Sharma) will always be there to help me out if I need his help. At the same time, his (Rohit) being the Indian captain helps me because this team has achieved all its glory under his belt.”

In response to queries regarding his approach to success and failure, Pandya emphasized his steadfast demeanor, remarking, “I don’t take myself up in success, I don’t take myself down in failure. That’s my process and I think that has helped me a lot in my career.”

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Pandya also reminisced about the invaluable advice imparted to him by his brother, urging him to remain true to himself amidst the pressures of the sport. He extended this counsel to the young talents within the Mumbai Indians’ dressing room, encouraging them to embrace their abilities and relish the game.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the upcoming season, Pandya highlighted the camaraderie within the team, particularly with stalwarts like Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga. He eagerly anticipated their collective endeavor to clinch victory in the IPL.

With the return of Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya emphasized the bolstering of Mumbai Indians’ bowling arsenal, foreseeing Bumrah’s pivotal role in guiding the team’s aspiring talents.

Head coach Mark Boucher echoed Pandya’s sentiments, expressing confidence in the team’s dynamics and highlighting the symbiotic relationship between Malinga and emerging talent Nuwan Thushara.

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As the IPL 2024 season prepares for its grand commencement on March 22, Mumbai Indians are slated to kick off their campaign against Gujarat Titans on March 24, setting the stage for a riveting display of cricketing prowess and unyielding spirit.