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This could be Rohit Sharma’s last game for Mumbai Indians: Shane Watson | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Former Australia cricketer Shane Watson has suggested that the match against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 might be Rohit Sharma‘s final game for Mumbai Indians (MI).
This speculation follows the appointment of Hardik Pandya as MI’s new skipper, which has fueled rumors about Rohit’s future with the franchise.
Rohit, 37, has been a stalwart for Mumbai Indians, but there are indications that IPL 2024 could be his last season with the team.
In this season, Rohit has scored 349 runs at an impressive strike rate of 145.42 across 13 matches. His contributions have been significant, but the leadership change has led to increased speculation about his tenure with MI.
As fans and analysts await further developments, the match against LSG will be watched closely, potentially marking the end of an era for Rohit with Mumbai Indians.
Speaking at Jio Cinema, Watson said the former MI skipper has been a great leader for Mumbai.
“This could be Rohit Sharma’s last game for Mumbai Indians. You never know how exactly things will play out after this season but what an incredible player he has been and a leader for the Mumbai Indians. To have so much success with the franchise and him being so entrenched in the Mumbai Indians family,” Watson said.
Watson felt the decision to remove Rohit from the captaincy was a “wrong call” since he is a well-respected leader.
“But for me personally, I think that was the wrong call. Because he is such a well-respected leader. It just shook-up the team, knowing that they could move on next season potentially and have Hardik Pandya as captain. This could be his swansong for the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. So, I am sure that he is going to go out on a great note,” he added.
Last year, MI announced that all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who returned to the Mumbai franchise after guiding the Gujarat Titans (GT) to the IPL title in its debut season and the final in the subsequent edition, will lead the franchise in the 2024 edition of the league. Which meant removing Rohit as the skipper, who had led the franchise to five titles since starting his reign in 2013.
In November last year, Pandya moved back from Gujarat Titans (GT) to his former franchise as part of a trade between both franchises. The star all-rounder spent two momentous years with GT, spearheading their campaign in the cash-rich league with aplomb. In GT’s debut season in 2022, Hardik got them off to a fairytale start, with the team lifting the coveted trophy.
The Mumbai-based franchise stands at the bottom of the IPL 2024 standings with eight points. Hardik Pandya’s side displayed a sloppy performance in the 17th season of the tournament and won just four games after playing 13 matches.
(With ANI inputs)

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