5 players Virat Kohli didn’t back but Rohit Sharma did

5 players Virat Kohli didn’t back but Rohit Sharma did

Rohit has mostly gone for youngsters over experienced players.

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur. (photo by Alan Martin/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Virat Kohli has been the captain of the Indian side for quite some time now. It’s been over two and a half years since MS Dhoni passed on the baton to the skipper across all formats. However, there have been times when Rohit Sharma had shouldered the captaincy responsibility as Kohli was rested.

Rohit Sharma has led the Indian side in a total of 25 international games. In ODI cricket, he captained the ‘Men in Blue’ in 10 games and has won eight of them. In the shortest format, the Mumbaikar has led the side in 15 games and led them to victory in 12 of them. Meanwhile, Kohli has win percentages of 75.35 and 57.14 in ODIs and T20Is respectively.

Both Kohli and Rohit have different captaincy styles and hence, they have different players who they like to back. There are certain players that Kohli didn’t back but Rohit did. Thus, here are five such cricketers who enjoyed a better run under Rohit.

1. Krunal Pandya

Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Krunal Pandya and Rohit Sharma connection come from Mumbai Indians (MI) as both are the part of the franchise owned by Ambani. Krunal Pandya made his IPL debut in 2016 and since then he’s been an integral part of the franchise. He made his international debut last year in November.

Since then he’s played 11 T20Is and is yet to feature in a 50-over game for India. However, out of these 11, six of his games have come when Rohit Sharma was the captain of the Indian side. In fact, he even made his debut when the Mumbaikar was at the helm in the absence of Virat Kohli.

Rohit has often been vocal about his support for the elder Pandya during the IPL as well. Hence, it’s no surprise that he backs him to come good.