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Jayawardene Points Out Major Change In ‘New India Captain’ Rohit Sharma & It’s Not Surprising



After registering his first Test series win as a captain, India’s all-format skipper Rohit Sharma has joined his Mumbai Indians family for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022).

Rohit’s record as IPL captain is second to none as he has guided the Mumbai-based outfit to five trophies, making them the most successful franchise in the IPL history.

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However, this year is going to be special for the 34-year-old cricketer as it will be his first season after becoming full-time captain of the Men in Blue.

Having guided India to 14 consecutive wins across three formats, the right-handed batter is high on confidence and he would like to emulate the same result in the 15th edition of the lucrative league.

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The talismanic leader received a warm welcome as he met with the MI support staff in the team hotel. From head coach Mahela Jayawardene to fast bowling coach Shane Bond, the former greats shook hands with their captain and shared a laugh or two.

A normal working day in the #MumbaiIndians camp!

Presenting 𝐌𝐈 𝐃𝐀𝐈𝐋𝐘 - an up close and personal account as we get set for an exciting new season #OneFamily MI TV pic.twitter.com/LYjBrEuoWo

— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 16, 2022

In a video shared by the franchise on their Twitter handle, Jayawardene can be highlighting the biggest difference in the opener’s physical appearance.

While extending his arms towards the skipper he joked how his hair has grown more grey ever since he started leading the Indian team. “He has got more grey hair after beginning captaincy,” says Jayawardene with a cheeky smile on his face.

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Jayawardene made these remarks quite casually but the truth is leading Indian cricket is not an easy job. As a commander of the ship, the amount of pressure that the Indian skipper goes through is not easy to deal with.

The Indian captain is always the centre of attention, whether on the field or off it, and it does start to take a toll on the body. After all, they are also normal human beings.

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This excessive pressure is perhaps the reason why former skipper Virat Kohli wanted to reduce his workload and decided to give up the captaincy in the shortest format. It’s another thing that he eventually had to give up the role in the remaining two formats as well owing to different reasons.

Virat Kohli Rohit Sharma

Beginning of a new era for India men’s limited-overs cricket. pic.twitter.com/5yo9Jdj4U2

— ICC (@ICC) December 8, 2021

Before this season, Rohit only had the responsibility of leading Mumbai Indians but now that he is also the India captain, his workload will increase considerably. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares while managing both.

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