Tags: Rohit Sharma, IPL History, IPL Matches, T20I Captaincy, Cricket India, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Michael Vaughan, Virender Sehwag
Yesterday, Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians to their fifth IPL title. Plenty of former cricketers were in awe of Rohit’s captaincy and many expressed that Rohit should be India’s T20 captain. Ever since donning the captaincy hat in 2013, Rohit has lead Mumbai Indians to glory in five seasons, viz. 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.
Firstly, Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir said that this is high time to handover India’s white-ball or T20I captaincy to Rohit Sharma. Rohit led Mumbai Indians from the front and played a captain’s knock of 68 runs while chasing 157 against Delhi Capitals in Dubai. Gambhir feels that it is India’s loss if Rohit fails to get the national captaincy. He quoted, “If Rohit Sharma doesn’t become India’s captain, it’s their loss, not Rohit’s. Yes, a captain is only as good as his team and I completely agree with that, but what are the parameters to judge a captain on who is good and who isn’t? The parameters and benchmark should be the same. Rohit has led his team to five IPL titles.”
Earlier, Gambhir had said that Virat Kohli should be held accountable for the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s loss in eight seasons in which Virat was the captain.
“We keep saying MS Dhoni is India's most successful captain. Why? Because he has won two World Cups and three IPLs. Rohit has won five IPL titles, he is the most successful captain in the history of the tournament. Going forward, it'll be a shame if he doesn't get India's white-ball or just T20 captaincy. Because he can't do much more than this. He can only help the team he captains to victories. So if he doesn't become India's regular white-ball captain, it will be their loss,” said Gambhir while talking to ESPNcricinfo.
Gambhir also suggested the option of split-captaincy by giving Rohit Sharma a chance to lead India in the limited-overs formats. He said, “They can also consider split-captaincy. No one is poor. Rohit has shown in white-ball cricket how big the difference is between his and Virat's captaincy. One player had led his team to five titles, the other hasn't won yet. I'm not saying this because Kohli is a poor captain. But he has received the same platform that Rohit has, so you have to judge both of them on the same parameters. Both have been captains in the IPL for the same length of time. I feel Rohit stands out as a leader.”
Secondly, former England skipper Michael Vaughan also feels that Rohit Sharma should be made India’s T20 captain. He added that in this way Kohli’s burden will also be eased off and he can continue leading the ODI side and the Test side. The legend too to Twitter to express his views.
Without question Rohit Sharma should be the Indian T20 captain .. fantastic man manager & leader .. & he knows exactly how to win T20 games .. it would also give Virat chance to take a breather and just be the player .. it’s works for all other teams around the world ..#IPL2020
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 10, 2020
The tweet wrote, “Without question Rohit Sharma should be the Indian T20 captain .. fantastic man manager & leader .. & he knows exactly how to win T20 games .. it would also give Virat chance to take a breather and just be the player .. it’s works for all other teams around the world.”
Thirdly, former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag hailed Mumbai Indians’ performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and also called Rohit Sharma as the best captain in the shortest format of the game. He also took to Twitter.
Ab to aadat si hai sabko aise dhone ki.
The best T 20 franchisee in the world and the best captain in the format. Deserving winners , Mumbai Indians, koi shak.
Amazingly well organised tournament despite various challenges.#IPLfinal pic.twitter.com/yYkRqKtoxQ
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 10, 2020
The tweet wrote, “Ab to aadat si hai sabko aise dhone ki. The best T 20 franchisee in the world and the best captain in the format. Deserving winners , Mumbai Indians, koi shak. Amazingly well organised tournament despite various challenges.”