Rohit, Bumrah & Surya unhappy with Pandya's captaincy: Report

Rohit & Pandya
Hardik Pandya, right, has struggled big time after replacing Rohit Sharma as Mumbai Indians captain. File photo: AFP/Punit Paranjpe

New Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH's) demolition of Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Wednesday saw tied-record five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians become the first team to be officially eliminated from the contention for the playoffs race this season.

According to a report, some of the senior members of the team have expressed their concern regarding Hardik Pandya's style of captaincy which has seen the team's morale falter through the course of the campaign.

Senior players Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav held a meeting following a loss in which the players expressed what they believe is the underlying problem and individual meetings were also held to determine the problem, an Indian Express report stated.

Mumbai Indians have been under the leadership of Rohit for the past decade and a new captain coming into a set hierarchy was bound to ruffle feathers around the dressing room.

A Mumbai Indian official pointed out the team's struggles this season to the transitional phase that they are in. "These are regular teething problems for a team that sees leadership change. This happens in sports all the time," the official was quoted as saying in the report.

Following their loss to Delhi Capitals, Pandya spoke about how he believed Tilak Varma could have targeted Axar Patel more and blamed the loss on game awareness. This particular incident did not sit well with the team considering Varma played a great innings scoring 63 off 32 deliveries on the night and has also been the top-scorer for the team this season.

Mumbai Indians currently sit in ninth place in the points table having played a game more than bottom-paced Gujarat Titans. 

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