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'Mumbai Ka Raja Bola, Nai... India Ka Raja Hai!' Jadeja's Workship-Like For Rohit Sharma

Rohit is the 2nd top=scorer of MI in IPL 2024 (AP Photo)Rohit is the 2nd top=scorer of MI in IPL 2024 (AP Photo)

"Mumbai ka raja Rohit Sharma", is a chant we hear not only at Wankhede which is his home turf, but also across India. 

Even in Ahmedabad, where he faced World Cup final defeat, and Hyderabad, where he once played for Deccan Chargers, Rohit was celebrated like royalty. His legacy transcends boundaries, earning him adoration on any cricket ground in the country.

Former Indian middle-order batter Ajay Jadeja remarked that Rohit Sharma isn't just the king of Mumbai, he's the king of India.

Despite Hardik Pandya assuming captaincy at Mumbai Indians, fans are rallying behind Rohit Sharma like never before. 

His entrance onto the field, especially at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, echoes with chants of 'Mumbai ka raja Rohit Sharma.' His popularity knows no bounds, showcasing an unparalleled craze among fans.

Watch: Ajay Jadeja speaking about Rohit chants

Ajay Jadeja, seeing the electrifying atmosphere of the MI vs RCB match at Wankhede, remarked that Rohit Sharma's leadership extends far beyond Mumbai. 

Recognizing him as the captain of the Indian national team, Jadeja declared Sharma as the sovereign of the entire country.

Rohit facing CSK as non-captain after 11 years

It's been quite a journey since the last time Mumbai Indians faced Chennai Super Kings with Rohit Sharma on the field but not as captain, back in 2013. 

In that game under Ricky Ponting's leadership, MI secured a thrilling victory against CSK at Chepauk in that game happened in Chepauk, thanks to Kieron Pollard's heroics.

However, when Rohit took over as captain in mid season and the tables turned dramatically. CSK suffered their lowest IPL score against MI getting all out for 79 on Rohit's debut as captain.

 In the 2013 IPL final, Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians to a memorable victory against Chennai Super Kings, avenging their loss in the 2010 final with Pollard shining again.

Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians to victory against Chennai Super Kings in the finals of 2015 and 2019 as well. 

It will certainly feel unusual on Sunday evening, when MI and CSK face off without Dhoni and Rohit leading their respective teams.