If RCB team was given to Rohit Sharma, will he have won five titles?: Aakash Chopra asks Gautam Gambhir
Chopra stated that Rohit might not have been able to taste the same success if he was the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Updated - Nov 13, 2020 7:21 pm
With calls to make Rohit Sharma the limited-overs captain of India further increasing following Mumbai Indians’ triumph in the just-concluded IPL 2020, former India opener Aakash Chopra has opined otherwise. The former cricketer-turned-commentator believes that Rohit should not be handed the captaincy of the national team because of his success in IPL.
Earlier this week, Rohit led Mumbai Indians to a record fifth IPL title. Mumbai Indians have won five titles under Rohit’s captaincy in just 8 years. No other captain has won IPL more than thrice so far. Following Mumbai’s triumph this season, a section of the fans as well as some former cricketers including Gautam Gambhir opined that Rohit should be given charge of Team India at least in the T20 format.
Aakash Chopra disagrees with Gautam Gambhir
Aakash Chopra has disagreed with the calls to make Rohit India’s captain. He made the observation in a video shared on his Facebook page where he answered some viewer questions. The former cricketer started by talking about Gambhir’s recent statement. Gambhir had said that it would be a shame if Rohit is not made India’s captain in the limited-overs format.
Chopra stated that Rohit might not have been able to taste the same success if he was the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore. He also defended Virat Kohli, saying that the RCB skipper cannot be at fault for his team’s failures. Kohli is leading RCB since 2013 but is yet to win the IPL.
“Gautam Gambhir believes that it is the nation’s misfortune if Rohit Sharma is not made the Indian T20I captain because he is the most successful captain in the IPL. But I have a question that if Rohit was given the RCB team, which is there with Kohli, will he have won two, three or four out of the five titles MI have won?” Aakash Chopra said.
“Rohit as a captain is outstanding, I love him to bits but can the Mumbai Indians’ success story be equated with India, that is my question. Just because Kohli’s team does not do well, does it mean that is Kohli’s fault,” he added.