Sunil Gavaskar draws comparisons between Rohit Sharma and Clive Lloyd’s captaincy traits
Rohit is leading India well in the ongoing Asia Cup.
Updated - Sep 25, 2018 7:58 pm
Clive Lloyd is arguably one of the finest skippers the cricketing world has ever witnessed. The former Windies skipper was a force to reckon with in the 70s and has inspired almost an entire generation with his heroics. The former Indian skipper, Sunil Gavaskar has brought out a few comparisons between Rohit Sharma’s style of captaincy and Lloyd.
The Indian limited-overs vice-captain, Rohit Sharma is currently leading the side in the Asia Cup 2018 in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli. He has already guided the side through to the final and has been mighty impressive. Gavaskar was also amongst the ones the 31-year-old managed to impress with his leadership quality after Wasim Akram praised him for the same.
He hides his emotions well
The right-handed opener has maintained his composure in the pressure situations. Sunil Gavaskar opined that this was something that Clive Lloyd used to do while leading his team. In his column for the Times of India, the former opener first highlighted the traits of some of the great teams.
“The best of teams just go on to the next delivery as they know, in a team game, all eleven can’t be successful and there is bound to be the odd failure. How to carry that failure and make him a part of the team’s success is the key. The great West Indies teams of the past did that splendidly with the phlegmatic skipper Clive Lloyd displaying no emotion with an error on the field. The same with the ’90s Australian team who bonded so well with each other that, if one of them dropped a catch, they would have a go at the batsman instead for being lucky,” Gavaskar wrote.
He then drew comparisons between Rohit and Lloyd. Gavaskar noted that the former hides his emotions well. Hence, he went on to add that it doesn’t put any added pressure on someone who has dropped a catch or misfielded.
“India’s skipper Rohit Sharma is doing the Clive Lloyd thing by hiding his emotions as he smiles and turns back to his fielding position. This does not put any pressure on the person who dropped the catch or misfielded and makes him want to give an extra effort,” he further wrote.