The cricketing landscape witnessed a significant shift as Hardik Pandya bid farewell to Gujarat Titans, choosing to return to his previous franchise, Mumbai Indians, as the captain. This unexpected move left fans surprised and intrigued, with the Titans appointing young sensation Shubman Gill as their new captain.
Star pacer Mohammed Shami weighed in on this transition, emphasizing the commonplace nature of such changes in a player’s professional journey. In an interview with News24, Shami expressed a pragmatic view, stating, “Kisike jane se kisiko farak nahi padta (See, it doesn’t matter who is leaving). Players come and go. It’s a part of the game.”
Shami acknowledged Hardik Pandya’s impactful leadership, taking Gujarat Titans to the final in both editions and securing a title win. However, he emphasized that players, even accomplished captains, are not signed for a lifetime. Shubman Gill, now the captain, is expected to gain valuable experience, and as Shami pointed out, “Someday, he might also leave.”
The veteran pacer emphasized the dual role of a captain in managing the team and maintaining individual performance. He reassured Gill, stating, “When you are the captain, it’s important to handle the responsibility while taking care of your performances.” Shami believes that while Gill may feel some mental load, he shouldn’t worry, and the focus should be on managing players effectively.
Shubman Gill’s exceptional performance in the previous seasons, including winning the Orange Cap, highlights his capabilities as a key player for Gujarat Titans. As the team undergoes changes in leadership, Shami’s insights shed light on the transient nature of player dynamics in the dynamic world of cricket.