Rohit Sharma still Team India skipper despite Mumbai Indians' captaincy decision

Hardik Pandya became the captain of the Mumbai Indians last week and will lead the side during the upcoming season of the IPL. This also has ended Rohit Sharma's 10-year captaincy reign.

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The Mumbai Indians took a bold decision last week to remove Rohit Sharma from the captaincy after he served for ten years, appointing Hardik Pandya for the upcoming season. Hardik was moved again to Mumbai a mere twenty days ago, following two stellar seasons as the Gujarat Titans' captain. He won the team's championship in 2022 and placed second the following year. 

Just a few days prior to the auction in Dubai, MI made the announcement, despite the fact that it was anticipated that the changeover in the leadership post would go considerably more smoothly. After the significant shift, there was some discussion among cricket enthusiasts over whether Team India would be facing similar changes. However, a source indicates that Rohit will still be the captain of choice for the T20 World Cup in June.

Since November 2022, when India lost to England in the T20 World Cup semifinal, Hardik has been the team's unofficial captain for the Twenty20 Internationals. After the ODI World Cup, it was anticipated that Rohit will play T20Is again, if not during the South Africa series then at least for the home series against Australia last month. 

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However, Hardik was expected to emerge as the first-choice captain for the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the USA after Rohit decided to prolong his break from T20Is. This was due to growing doubts about his future in the format. Amid the conversation, MI announced Rohit's captaincy in an effort to look ahead and let go of the 37-year-old Rohit in April of next year. 

According to a story of Dainik Jagran on Sunday, when asked if Hardik would captain the Indian squad in the T20 World Cup, an Indian Cricket Board official said, "no." The spokesperson went on to say that Rohit is still the team's all-around captain and that the decision was made by the franchise, not Team India.

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