Rohit Sharma, on Monday (April 1), returned to the Wankhede Stadium for the first time since being replaced by Hardik Pandya as the captain of the team.

In December last year, Mumbai Indians announced the appointment of Pandya as the captain of the side. It brought to an end Rohit Sharma’s long tenure as the captain of the team. The right-handed batsman led the team from 2013 to 2023 and guided them to a record five IPL titles.

On Monday, he returned to the iconic venue to play an IPL game as a non-captain for the first time since 2013. However, he looked in a jovial mood before the start of the game against Rajasthan Royals as he shared a warm moment with his former Mumbai Indians and India teammate Harbhajan Singh.

The former India spinner is plying his trade as a commentator in the ongoing tournament. Rohit Sharma was practicing on the ground while Harbhajan Singh was busy with commentary duties. In a video that has gone viral on social media, Rohit and Harbhajan could be seen walking towards each other before the former picked up the latter for a hug. Rohit also met and greeted Mohammad Kaif and Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Watch Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh’s heartwarming moment:

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma failed to do well with the bat in the game and was out for a golden duck in the very first over. He edged a Trent Boult delivery behind the stumps where Sanju Samson took a fine catch. Talking about the game, the Royals restricted the Mumbai Indians to 125/9.

Trent Boult blew away Mumbai’s top-order by dismissing Rohit, Naman Dhir, and Dewald Brevis for golden ducks. Nandre Burger dismissed Ishan Kishan cheaply as well to leave Mumbai reeling at 20 for 4 before a 56-run stand between Hardik Pandya and Tilak Varma steadied the ship. However, the duo could not bring their team to a strong position.

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