Mumbai, 6th February 2024: Ritika Sajdeh, the wife of cricketer Rohit Sharma, has responded cryptically on Instagram to a clip featuring Mumbai Indians coach Mark Boucher explaining the decision to appoint Hardik Pandya as captain over Sharma. Boucher’s rationale for the decision centred on the franchise’s assessment of Pandya’s cricketing prowess, particularly citing his successful tenure with the Gujarat Titans and his contributions to Mumbai Indians’ past victories.
In the excerpt from the Smash Sports podcast, Boucher emphasized that the decision was purely cricket-oriented, aimed at relieving Sharma of the pressures of captaincy and allowing him to focus solely on his batting. He suggested that the IPL environment, replete with distractions such as photoshoots and endorsements, might have affected Sharma’s performance both as a player and as a captain.
Boucher implied that the transition could potentially benefit Sharma personally and enhance his on-field performance by alleviating the burden of captaincy responsibilities. While acknowledging Sharma’s leadership qualities, Boucher advocated for a shift in focus to enable Sharma to excel primarily as a player.
Ritika’s enigmatic comment, “So many things wrong with this,” suggests potential disagreement or discontent with Boucher’s explanation, although the specific points of contention remain unspecified.