Rohit Sharma reveals how he was handed Mumbai Indians captaincy

Indias Rohit Sharma (R) bats watched by New Zealands Tim Seifert (L) during the fifth Twenty20 cricket match between New Zealand and India at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on February 2, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP via Getty Images)

India cricketer Rohit Sharma has recalled the time when he got to share the dressing room with former Australia captain Ricky Ponting for the Mumbai Indians in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League. On Monday Rohit joined India teammate Ravichandran Ashwin during a live session on Instagram and the duo spoke about various things, both on and off the field.

“In 2013, we got Ricky Ponting in the auction. In 2012 Sachin (Tendulkar) said he would not lead Mumbai and Harbhajan Singh was made the skipper,” Rohit told Ashwin during their online interaction.

“But in 2013, I don’t know why Bhajju paa wasn’t made the captain. And I thought I will be made the captain but then Ponting was bought in the auction.

Ponting was the first one to arrive in India for the 2013 season. He wanted to understand everyone. He said that he wanted to have a team bonding session first.

Rohit also explained why Ponting stepped down as captain mid-way through the tournament and handed over the reins to the current India vice-captain in limited overs.

“I’ve been out couple of times, gone to that famous place near Chowpatty. One of the best pav bhaajis you will get there,” Rohit said.

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