There is strong speculation surrounding the potential return of Hardik Pandya to the Mumbai Indians for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. This could mark a significant trade in the league’s history, with the current captain of the Gujarat Titans possibly making a move to the five-time champions.

As per Cricketnext.com reports, the return of Pandya to Mumbai Indians might involve a direct exchange of team captains. This raises the possibility of Rohit Sharma playing for the Gujarat Titans or Jofra Archer making way for the all-rounder before he assumes the captaincy role for Mumbai Indians in 2025.

The decision for Mumbai Indians to part ways with Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly a challenging one, considering his leadership has led the franchise to five IPL titles. There is a potential scenario where MI might request Hardik Pandya to join the team in place of Archer before eventually taking over the captaincy from Rohit.

Hardik initiated his IPL career with Mumbai and played a crucial role in four title-winning campaigns in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. His stint with the Gujarat franchise in 2022 saw immediate success, securing a tournament victory in his inaugural season as their skipper. Pandya continued his leadership in 2023, guiding the team to the final once again.

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The IPL transfer window deadline for this prospective trade is set for November 26.