In the latest developments, the Gujarat Titans (GT) have unveiled their new captain for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season, following the departure of Hardik Pandya. The star all-rounder has returned to his former team, the Mumbai Indians (MI), after a high-profile all-cash deal trade-off that concluded amid 72 hours of intense drama.

Formalities delay the big move

While the Titans had initially named Hardik in their IPL retention list on Sunday at 5 pm, indicating his continued captaincy, the formal paperwork for the trade-off had not been completed at that point. Consequently, the IPL and BCCI withheld their approval for the anticipated move, causing speculation and surprise among cricket enthusiasts.

Hardik Pandya’s impactful stint with Gujarat Titans

Hardik served as the captain of Gujarat for the past two years, leading the team to victory in their debut season in 2022. Under his leadership, the Titans reached the final in the previous season, ultimately losing to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

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Talented opener takes the helm

With Hardik no longer part of the Gujarat Titans, the franchise needed a new leader. In a strategic move, the team management has appointed the talented opening batter, Shubman Gill, as the new captain. The announcement was made on social media, accompanied by a short animation of Shubman, captioned ‘Captain Calling.’

Gujarat Titans squad:

David Miller, Shubman Gill (c), Matthew Wade, Wrddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Hardik Pandya, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudharsan, Darshan Nalkande, Vijay Shankar, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammad Shami, Noor Ahmad, Sai Kishore, Rashid Khan, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma

Also READ: ‘This is madness’ – Fans astounded after Hardik Pandya gets traded to MI and Cameron Green moves to RCB post IPL 2024 retention

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