Former IPL great registers protest by refusing to hold MI’s paddle, check out why

Popularly known as Mr. IPL, Suresh Raina came in support of his former teammate Rohit Sharma as he opted out of holding the paddle of Mumbai Indians in a pre-auction strategy show in a move to show his dissent towards the decision taken by MI.

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While the trade move of Hardik Pandya from Gujarat Titans to Mumbai Indians helped the Indian fans to divert their attention from the heart-breaking loss against Australia in the ODI World Cup final. The removal of Rohit Sharma from Mumbai Indians captaincy didn’t go well with the general Indian cricket fans let alone that of Mumbai Indians.

While the move from the MI franchise came as a shock to many of its ardent fans, it resulted in a subsequent backlash from the fans towards the fans who expressed their anguish in different manners. While some unfollowed the franchise on social media others went to post videos of them burning the MI jersey in an attempt to show their dissatisfaction with the move.

Suresh Raina also registered his protest against the move 

Recently former Indian middle-order bat and an IPL great also registered his protest against the move in a pre-auction strategy show hosted by Jio Cinema. It all unfolded when a former MI player and a member of their scout passed on the MI paddle to Suresh Raina asking him to also hold onto the MI paddle for a change to which Raina replied he would have done that if Rohit would still have been the captain and saying so he kept the paddle down on the table.

Although the move by Raina brought laughs in the room it was also significant of Raina’s admiration for the Mumbai batter and his former teammate Rohit Sharma without whom he has had some wonderful memories while playing for India and also against on the field during the IPL.

Raina has experienced numerous memorable encounters with the Mumbai Indians throughout his playing career. The southpaw amassed 824 runs in 34 innings against the five-time champions, maintaining an impressive strike rate of 139.42.

The entire IPL scenario underwent a seismic shift when MI declared the comeback of Hardik Pandya from the Gujarat Titans (GT). The fanbase was additionally stirred by the team's choice to designate the all-rounder as their fresh captain over Rohit Sharma, who held the reins for a decade. 

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