Rohit Sharma reveals why he's the least important player in the Mumbai Indians setup

"Hiding your emotions is the most crucial part."

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Sandip Mahankal/IANS)

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Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians (MI) captain requires no introduction. Known for his calm and composed behaviour on field, the Indian opener has led the Mumbai franchise to four titles. The 33-year-old took over as captain midway through 2013 and MI has won in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 respectively. With a tremendous record in the IPL, he has also led India successfully when given the chance.

Selflessness is often spoken about as a key attribute of successful leaders. The Hitman is definitely a strong believer of this. Without any hesitation he says that he is the least important player in the Mumbai setup.

“I believe in a theory that when you are captain, you are the least important person. Others become more important in the larger scheme of things. It works differently for different leaders but as far as I am concerned, this theory works for me,” Rohit was quoted as saying in Scroll. Well, this can evidently be seen as one of the most successful openers for India opted to bat in the middle order for his IPL franchise in 2018.

“Not showing anger is not a conscious effort,” he laughs. “You do get angry, lose temper at times but it’s important not to show it to your teammates. Hiding your emotions is the most crucial part,” he added. His ability to hide his emotions has often led to his comparison with captain cool, MS Dhoni.

Looking forward to the IPL, says Rohit

“Hopefully, the gym will open this week and I can start my indoor (strength training) sessions. Right now, due to Mumbai monsoons, you can’t train outdoor. I am planning to write a letter to MCA (on using indoor facilities),” revealed the Mumbai batsman. The opener is looking to resume training as soon as possible.

“We have lot of time in our hands. I will be taking it slow. Luckily, I don’t think there is any rush that I need to show.” He has consistently been in touch with MI’s core team of strategists on conference-call, discussing the details of the challenge ahead in the UAE, where the IPL will be held in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

Indian cricket will hit the restart button with the IPL from September 19 in the UAE even as the world continues its frenzied battle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.