Five reasons why Rohit Sharma is a better limited-overs captain
While Kohli hasn't done much wrong while being at the helm, Rohit is putting his case forward whenever he's been given the opportunity.
Updated - Oct 13, 2018 12:59 pm
There have been several talks about Rohit Sharma being made the Indian limited-overs captain after the recent Asia Cup triumph. Rohit Sharma, the skipper, brings a sense of calm into the side. His approach is somewhat similar to that of former skipper MS Dhoni and he is a brilliant tactician.
Rohit led the side beautifully in the tournament and held onto his nerves in crunch situations. The added responsibility also got the best out of him with the bat. With the Asia Cup triumph, Rohit has won two major titles this year including the Nidahas Trophy in March. The Indian vice-captain has proven credentials as the leader of the side and could be an option to lead the Indian limited-overs teams full-time.
Also, the fact that he has won three Indian Premier League (IPL) titles while being at the helm for the Mumbai Indians (MI) also makes his case stronger.
While Virat Kohli hasn’t done much wrong either, here are the five reasons as to why Rohit could prove to be a better option:
1. Proven track record as the captain
Rohit Sharma has got a great experience of leading a side. Right in his maiden IPL season as the skipper, he led the Mumbai Indians to title glory. In the same year, he won the Champions League T20. His leadership skill was brought under heavy scrutiny when his side won only one out of the first six games in 2015. However, he helped the side stage a terrific comeback and went onto lift the title for the second time. In 2017, in a low-scoring final, Rohit brought his best captaincy to the fore and helped MI clinch their third IPL title.
The 31-year-old has led India in 17 international games thus far including the ODIs and T20Is. Out of these, he won 15 and lost only 2. After losing his first ever game as India’s captain against Sri Lanka, Rohit bounced back hard and went on to win the next six matches until he lost against the same opposition in the Nidahas Trophy. His ability to embrace defeats and come back strong makes him quite unique.