The decision to replace Rohit Sharma with Hardik Pandya in the IPL was explained by Mumbai Indians head coach Mark Boucher, who said it was purely a cricketing decision and part of a transition phase. Boucher emphasized that the burden of captaincy was taking a toll on Rohit, and stepping back as captain in the IPL will allow him to enjoy the game more. Rohit will still captain India, but in the IPL, the team wants him to play without the extra pressure of captaincy. Boucher praised Pandya’s leadership skills and believes he will bring value to the team. The focus is on letting Rohit enjoy his batting and score some good runs without the added pressure of leading the team.