Rohit Sharma may retire from T20Is after T20 World Cup, Hardik Pandya selected in Indian team due to 'pressure': Report

Rohit Sharma may play his last few T20 matches for India amid reports that the India captain will retire from T20 at the end of the T20 World Cup. According to a report by Dainik Jagran, Rohit may say goodbye to the shortest format, the impending decision of which is directly linked to the selection of Hardik Pandya in India's T20 World Cup squad. It also added that the reason Hardik has earned a place in India's 15-man squad is not because of his performances, but purely because of the fact that the BCCI is looking at the all-rounder as India's future T20I captain, Which not only inspired the selectors for this. Pick him for the T20 World Cup but also appoint him as the vice-captain.

Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya (R) and Rohit Sharma (PTI) during a match in IPL 2024.

Things are not at all smooth between Rohit and Hardik at Mumbai Indians. The decision to remove Rohit as captain and hand over the leadership to Hardik is more than worth the risks. Hardik, who had taken Gujarat Titans to consecutive finals, returning to MI in October last year was an all-cash deal. Yet, the real bombshell came on December 15, when the five-time champions announced the appointment of Pandya as captain, bringing Rohit's 10-year reign to an abrupt end.

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The perception is that not only the crowd but even the players have not warmed to Hardik. The report also mentions that while foreign players have no problem with Hardik being the captain, domestic talent continues to look up to Rohit. The Indian Express recently mentioned that after MI became the first team to be eliminated from the playoff race, Hardik's captaincy was discussed, and this could lead to an IPL 2024 campaign for the five-time champions along with Rohit and Jasprit. How it had gone bad. Bumrah is talking about this. Additionally, the episode where Hardik threw Tilak Verma under the bus despite the youngster's fighting innings against Punjab Kings rubbed many players – especially the young players – the wrong way.

After Michael Clarke's claim that Mumbai Indians seem to be divided into two camps, Jagran's report has added fuel to the fire, stating that Rohit and Hardik are at odds with each other despite being cordial on the field. Not making eye contact. This was visible ahead of MI's match against Kolkata Knight Riders when Hardik was nowhere to be seen during Rohit's practice. After Rohit's knock and standing near the ice box, Tilak and Suryakumar Yadav did their drill. However, when it was Hardik's turn to practice, the players ran away.

Rohit, Ajit Agarkar not in favor of Hardik Pandya's T20 World Cup selection

In another explosive claim, the report said that when India's 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup was being finalized, neither Rohit nor Ajit Agarkar and the BCCI selection panel wanted to include Hardik . However, he had to bow down to 'pressure'. There was no mention of what this pressure was and from whom. However, this 'pressure' stems from the belief that higher-ups within the BCCI see Hardik as India's future captain – at least in T20Is.

With India out of the 2022 T20 World Cup after a 10-wicket defeat to England in the semi-finals, Rohit and Virat Kohli entered T20I hibernation to focus on ODIs for the 2023 World Cup in India. And while he was away, the command of the team in T20 was given to Hardik. He captained India in New Zealand and against the Kiwis and Sri Lanka at home. It was believed that Hardik would completely take over India's T20I captaincy and Rohit and Kohli played their last T20I for India, signaling their unofficial retirement from the format. However, this theory was debunked when Jay Shah announced that Rohit and Kohli had returned for the T20I series against Afghanistan on home soil. Everything was back to normal.

Rohit may leave T20 International after T20 World Cup

Hardik's selection in the World Cup squad and as India's vice-captain also raises concerns about Rohit's future in T20 Internationals. At 37, Rohit's best days, at least in T20Is, are behind him rather than ahead. He has played just three T20 matches since November 2022, registering two zeroes and one century. He even made a positive start to IPL 2024 for MI, scoring a century despite the loss, but the way Rohit's form has deteriorated in the last six matches – 6, 8, 4, 11, 4 and With the score at 19, it has not only set off alarm bells in the MI camp but also promises to do the same in the Indian set-up.

Hardik has not been able to perform well in IPL 2024 either. With 200 runs and 11 wickets, Hardik is far from his best performance. His last two seasons with Gujarat Titans yielded a total of 833 runs and 11 wickets, catapulting Hardik to superstardom and marking his return to the franchise he started with nine years ago. But with Hardik also struggling for form, how safe would it be for India to invest in him as his T20I leaderboard remains a gamble.

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