3 Reasons why Rohit Sharma is a genius T20 captain

3 Reasons why Rohit Sharma is a genius T20 captain

The 'Hitman', who is known for his big shots, is a very calm character on the field.

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma kisses IPL 2017 trophy. (Photo: IANS)

Rohit Sharma the batsman requires no introduction. With excellent performances across formats, he has proven the quality he possesses. However, while he leads the Indian team only in captain Virat Kohli’s absence he is regarded as one of the best modern-day leaders. His IPL record of leading the Mumbai Indians to title victories in four out of the seven seasons he has led them in, acts as a testimony to this belief.

The ‘Hitman’, who is known for his big shots, is a very calm character on the field. You can never look at him and know what is going on in his mind. It’s often said that the silent ones are the most dangerous people. Well, the Mumbai lad surely fits well with this statement. There is a constant thoughtfulness behind his silence and he is always a step ahead of his opponents.

Let’s look at what Rohit Sharma, the captain, brings to the table:

1. Backing his players till the very end

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Mumbai Indians have often been known as slow starters in the Indian Premier League. They have hardly ever done well in the initial matches of the cash-rich league. While many captains may have got rattled due to this, the Indian opener did not lose his cool. He gave his players the confidence and backed them to come good later in the tournament. Over the years, Mumbai have also improved their record in the first half as they won 6 out of their first 7 games in 2017 and 4 out of 7 in the 2019 edition.

In the 2015 season, the Mumbai franchise had lost 5 out of their first 6 matches. Many reckoned that there was no way they could qualify for the playoffs. It was said that the Rohit led side would have to get in some major changes to even stand a chance.

But the quality of a great leader is to understand his players and known when they could deliver for the team. He did not make more than two or three changes and led his side to a successful championship win. He also became the first captain to win the man of the match award in the final.

While his Indian teammate Virat Kohli is known for his constant shuffling of the team, Hitman sticks with his players and the results are evident. With limited-overs cricket being a game of confidence, the captain’s backing can give a player the assurance to go ahead and play his natural game. This is when one’s complete potential is utilized and he turns into a great match-winner.

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