IPL 2024
MI Owner Charms Disgruntled MI Fan: “Worry Not, Rohit Will Bat!”
By CricShots - Dec 20, 2023 3:02 pm
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A bittersweet wave of anticipation washed over Mumbai Indians (MI) fans as the IPL 2024 auction unfolded in Dubai. While excitement bubbled for Hardik Pandya’s captaincy debut, a pang of longing resonated for Rohit Sharma’s leadership. This sentiment couldn’t be missed; during an auction break, a passionate fan’s cry, “Rohit Sharma ko wapas lao (Bring Rohit back as captain),” pierced the air.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma 

Akash Ambani, ever-present at the auction table, didn’t shy away from the sentiment. A swift, “Chinta mat karo. Woh batting karega (Don’t worry, he will bat)” from the MI owner offered reassurance and hinted at Rohit’s future role as a batting powerhouse.

The auction itself saw MI flex their financial muscle, spending 16.7 crore on eight players. Gerald Coetzee, a South African paceman, topped their chart at 5 crore, while four uncapped Indian youngsters were picked at 20 lakh each.

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MI’s focus was evident in their acquisitions – their bowling attack received a substantial upgrade with three overseas pacers: Coetzee, Dilshan Madushanka, and Nuwan Thushara. The experienced Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, released by KKR, was also roped in, adding depth and versatility to the squad.

 

While Hardik’s captaincy promises a new era for MI, Akash Ambani’s quick response to the fan’s concern underlined the franchise’s respect for Rohit’s legacy and his continued importance. Whether the team can win over the hearts of all its fans with their revamped squad and new leadership remains to be seen, but one thing is certain – the passion for MI burns bright, fueled by both nostalgia and the thrill of fresh beginnings.

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This rewritten version condenses the key points while preserving the emotional undercurrent of the story. It also emphasizes the fan’s reaction and Akash Ambani’s response, adding a personal touch to the narrative.

Mumbai Indians full squad:

Rohit Sharma, Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, N. Tilak Varma, Tim David, Vishnu Vinod, Arjun Tendulkar, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Jason Behrendorff, Romario Shepherd, Hardik Pandya (c), Gerald Coetzee, Dilshan Madushanka, Shreyas Gopal, Nuwan Thushara, Naman Dhir, Anshul Kamboj, Mohammad Nabi, Shivalik Sharma.