“In franchise cricket, as you get older, it is always difficult…” – Yuvraj Singh’s surprising statement

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Hardik Pandya will captain Mumbai Indians in place of Rohit Sharma in IPL 2024.

Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: X(Twitter)

Ever since five-time champion Mumbai Indians appointed Hardik Pandya as their captain for IPL 2024, he has been criticized a lot in the cricket world. As soon as Hardik becomes captain It’s an end to the era of Rohit Sharma, who has been leading the Mumbai-based franchise since 2013. The legendary opening batsman has led MI to five IPL titles, making him the most successful captain in the history of the league.

Despite taking the Ashish Nehra-coached team to consecutive finals, Hardik was sent to Mumbai from Gujarat Titans (GT). MI last won the IPL title in 2020 and the move could be made as they wanted to make a difference in the upcoming season.

Yuvraj gave a surprising statement regarding Hardik and Rohit

Meanwhile, former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh opened up on the captaincy debate, saying things will become difficult as players get older and franchises will rely on youngsters. He also said that he too has faced a similar situation but he feels that “there can be no substitute for experience.”

“In franchise cricket, it always gets tougher as you get older,” Yuvraj Singh was quoted as saying by Times of India. Every franchise always wants to promote a young player on whom they have spent a lot, and that is absolutely justified. I have also faced this situation. But still, it can happen. There can be no substitute for experience. Rohit has a lot of experience and has performed well. But a franchise has to think long term.”

Apart from Rohit, Virat Kohli faces tough competition from young players like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Verma and Shivam Dubey in India’s T20I setup. Referring to this, Yuvraj still believes that Rohit and Kohli can play their role in the shortest format of the game.

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