The new skipper of the Mumbai Indians Hardik Pandya has begun his training regime ahead of the upcoming IPL 2024. Back from an ankle injury, Pandya aims to guide his team to victory in the prestigious T20 league.

Pandya’s appointment as captain generated significant buzz, with some fans expressing mixed reactions. While some lauded the move as a bold step towards the future, others questioned whether he could fill the shoes of the legendary Rohit Sharma, who led Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles.

Known for his resilience and self-belief, Pandya remains undeterred by the chatter. He has already started working hard in the gym, focusing on strengthening his physical condition and honing his cricketing skills.

Mumbai Indians have a rich history of producing exceptional leaders. Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Ricky Ponting, and Rohit Sharma, all past captains of the franchise brought not just immediate success but also laid a solid foundation for the future.

Many see Pandya’s captaincy as a continuation of this legacy. The young all-rounder, who led Gujarat Titans to an IPL title in their debut season, is considered a natural successor to Rohit Sharma.

Pandya’s return to Mumbai Indians marks a homecoming of sorts. He made his IPL debut for the franchise in 2015 and quickly established himself as a key player. His all-round skills and aggressive playing style perfectly matched the Mumbai Indians’ high-octane brand of cricket.

Following two prosperous seasons with the Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Titans secured Pandya in the 2022 mega auction. He thrived in his new role, leading the Titans to a fairytale victory in their maiden IPL season.

Now, back in familiar territory, Pandya is eager to replicate his past success and lead Mumbai Indians to another IPL title.