3 Players Rohit Sharma didn't back but Virat Kohli did

3 Players Rohit Sharma didn’t back but Virat Kohli did

Sharma has led in the ODI and T20I formats when Kohli has been rested or injured.

Virat Kohli – Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli – Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Getty Images)

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are two of the biggest stars in Indian cricket at the moment. There is always a lot of comparisons between the captain vice-captain duo. In fact, there have been calls for Rohit to take over as a full-time captain in the shorter formats.

Sharma has led in the ODI and T20I formats when Kohli has been rested or injured. Both players have found success as captains. However, they have backed their own set of players. While the core of the side has remained the same, like most captains, both these players have backed certain players.

Thus, here we analyze three players who Rohit Sharma hasn’t backed as captain but Virat Kohli did.

1. KL Rahul

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

There are very few players who’ve got the backing like KL Rahul has got in the last couple of years. Virat Kohli has backed to the tilt but the Karnataka batsman has failed to make it count. Rahul has been struggling in the longest format for a while now and it was only after the Caribbean tour, he was dropped.

In T20I cricket, he has very good numbers and yet it’s hard for him to break into the side. Even when Kohli is absent (rested or injured), the opener doesn’t get a lot of chances. Despite proving that he is more than capable of batting at any position in the top four, Rahul always tends to get discarded.

He has played just 10 games (all T20Is) under Rohit Sharma over the span of two overs. In the same period, under Kohli, Rahul has played 10 T20Is in addition to 14 Tests and 12 ODIs. Kohli has often spoken highly of Rahul and has backed him quite a bit.