“End of MI is near”- Netizens react as Mumbai Indians witness decline in social media followers after they remove Rohit Sharma as captain and give it to Hardik Pandya

That Pandya would handle the leadership role was expected, but so soon, right after his transfer to his old franchise and even before the retirement of Rohit, it took the Indian cricket fraternity by storm.


“End of MI is near”- Netizens react as Mumbai Indians witness decline in social media followers after they remove Rohit Sharma as captain and give it to Hardik Pandya

Rohit Sharma (Image via X)

As expected, Rohit Sharma fans were left hugely disappointed following his removal as Mumbai Indians (MI) captain. On Friday (December 15), MI announced that Hardik Pandya will be leading the side in the 2024 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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The news came as a surprise because Rohit led the side to five IPL trophies. That Pandya would handle the leadership role was expected, but so soon, right after his transfer to his old franchise and even before the retirement of Rohit, it took the Indian cricket fraternity by storm.

Now, if some reports and tweets on X (formerly Twitter) are to be believed, MI lost a considerable number of followers across their social media handles due to the abrupt change in captaincy. The die-hard Rohit fans heavily censured the franchise for disrespecting someone under whom the team became the most successful one alongside the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with five trophies.

Here are some tweets:

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Ritika Sajdeh drops a yellow heart emoticon on CSK’s social media post paying tribute to Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma’s wife Ritika Sajdeh gave her first reaction on social media after the change of captaincy. MI’s arch-rival CSK uploaded a video on their Instagram handle paying tribute to the former MI captain. Ritika simply dropped a yellow heart emoticon in the comment section.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma, Ritika Sajdeh (Image via NDTV)
2013-2023: A decade of spirited challenge! Much respect, Rohit!
CSK wrote on Instagram

Watch the video here:

Rohit started leading the Men in Blue in the 2013 season after taking over the captaincy duties from Ricky Ponting. That year, he led the team to their first-ever IPL trophy, and the next four titles came in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020, all under Rohit.

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