5 Reasons why Rohit Sharma shouldn’t be Team India captain anytime soon
He has certainly been able to add that extra feature of fitness that has reflected on the team’s performance on most of the occasions. In these circumstances
Published - Aug 29, 2019 8:11 pm | Updated - Oct 1, 2019 2:52 pm
In India’s dressing room at Old Trafford, Virat Kohli, skipper watched as New Zealand upstaged his team out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. In the lead up to the tournament, India hadn’t won a series in that year. Their batsmen were playing a style of cricket that seemed stale, and the ‘thought’ of elimination hovered in the mind.
During the Cricket World Cup, the Indian team won eight out nine league games – eventually topping the points table. And in the must-win game against Kiwis, they were all over the place. Chasing 239 against the third-ranked side, the chase looked easy and within the range. However, what followed was the tale of their last year stint.
After the horrific defeat, the players were shattered and slumped in a quiet place. At that stage, cricket pundits around the globe questioned Virat Kohli’s ability to lead the side in limited-overs. The reports even suggested that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was planning split captaincy.
However, Virat, who had made himself unavailable for West Indies tour, went onto play the full series and led by an example. To search in the outline a little more, India has been consistent under his leadership and was certainly one of the most dominant sides in the recently concluded World Cup.
He has certainly been able to add that extra feature of fitness that has reflected on the team’s performance on most of the occasions. In these circumstances, when the Indian team is started to focus on their skills, fitness, techniques, and winning games – will it be a right move for Rohit Sharma to take over? – In this case, the answer is no.
With this, CricTracker brings to you the five reasons why Rohit Sharma shouldn’t captain the Indian team anytime soon.
1. IPL success shouldn’t be used as a parameter
Rohit Sharma has been remarkably best in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Mumbai Indians, winning three titles for the side in twelve editions. However, should IPL success be considered as a parameter for national captaincy? There is a fine difference between International cricket and IPL. International cricket is way more intense and presents the players with high-intensity and pressure situations more than IPL does.
Yes, Virat Kohli has not won the IPL but we are forgetting that he hasn’t failed to lead from the front. He has never had a settled team at his disposal, a team that knows how to deliver the finishing punch. Luck plays an important role in the IPL and Virat Kohli has been unlucky so far. He has been part of three finals with RCB and has lost all three of them. This does tell one a lot.
Virat’s captaincy has shown us that this Indian team is willing to fight and won’t easily back down from it. This was present during Dada’s stint but somewhat looked faded in the captains who followed.