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IPL: 3 Players who can successfully lead Mumbai Indians in Rohit Sharma’s absence

MI might opt for these players for 'captaincy role' if they tend to focus on Rohit Sharma's workload.

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

Rohit Sharma took over the captaincy of the Mumbai Indians franchise midway in 2013 after Ricky Ponting stepped down. It turned out to be the biggest masterstroke for the team and marked the beginning of a new era. The hitman has led the team to four titles, and become the most successful captain in the tournament’s history.

He has now become the face of the squad, a player whom the Mumbai-based franchise would never let go. However, the workload factor is always a concern for such players and BCCI always wants to give adequate rest to them. In such case, there needs to be a stand-in skipper ready for emergency situations.

On this note, let us take a look at 3 such players from the current MI squad, who can lead the team in Rohit Sharma’s absence:

1. Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Quinton de Kock has been an integral part of the South African cricket team and was recently handed over the captaincy of the T20I side. Under his astute leadership, the SA squad managed to hold India at 1-1 draw, despite being an underdog. His own performance was at its peak as the southpaw finished with 139 runs in two games with two half-centuries.

Though it would be too early to judge, De Kock has impressed everyone in his initial games as a captain. He had an excellent outing in IPL 2019, where he scored 529 runs in 16 games, thereby playing a key role in Mumbai Indians finishing as the champions of the tournament.

Mumbai Indians did not have a vice-captain last time around. But they might not hesitate in appointing Kock as the stand-in skipper this time around, given his vast experience of Indian conditions, and a successful IPL career of 50 games. His captaincy will benefit all the departments of the team, just like it did for the SA side.

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