Rohit Sharma’s captaincy talk of the town now; responsibility made him better batsman: Sunil Gavaskar

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar praised Sharma’s leadership skills.

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Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
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A few days ago, dashing Indian opener Rohit Sharma was more in the news for his plight in Test cricket but halfway through Unimoni Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates, talks are more about Sharma as a captain. The 31-year-old batsman is leading India in Asia Cup in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli and has won all the three games he has captained so far in the tournament. Sharma has also excelled as a batsman in the competition so far, hitting two half-centuries against Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Sharma did not have a good beginning as a captain as low-ranked Hong Kong gave India a real scare in their first game though they eventually prevailed over their opponents, winning by 26 runs. However, their performance improved drastically in the next two games against Pakistan and Bangladesh and Sharma’s side won by 8 and 7 wickets, respectively.

Sharma has excelled as captain both in international & domestic cricket

Sharma has tasted success as a captain in both international and domestic tournaments. He has led India in nine T20Is and six T20Is and have lost only two games in them – one each in either version. In the ODIs, Sharma has a success rate of 83.33 per cent while in the T20Is, his success percentage is 88.88.

In February, Sharma led India to the title in a triangular T20I series involving Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In the Indian Premier League, he is the first captain to win three titles (for Mumbai Indians), a record which was matched by Mahendra Singh Dhoni this year.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar praised Sharma’s leadership skills and said the responsibility of captaincy has helped improving the man’s overall performance.

“The first time he led Mumbai Indians to an IPL win, that was his first season as a captain and he impressed straight away with his knowledge of what to do next more than what to plan,” India Today quoted Gavaskar as saying on Saturday. “I think the planning takes place inside the dressing room but that plan can actually go awry and for that, you need a captain to take on-the-spot decisions.”

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