VVS Laxman ‘mightily impressed’ by captain Rohit Sharma
"He is becoming a semiregular at the job."
Updated - Nov 13, 2018 1:30 pm
While Indian cricket remained obsessed with the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the man who has made impressive strides as the leader and is just moments away from becoming the country’s most successful captain, another player also made his mark as the skipper gradually. Rohit Sharma has had a great 2018, not only with the bat in the limited-over cricket but also with captaincy.
He has led India to a number of title wins this year – including a bilateral and multilateral series. Although Sharma missed a number of Test series that India played since the tour of South Africa earlier this year, he has made the full use of the opportunities that came his way in the limited-overs – both as a batsman and a captain.
He led from the front to guide India to their record seventh Asia Cup title in the UAE where they hammered Pakistan twice before beating reigning T20 world champions Windies 3-0 at home. On both occasions, the Mumbai cricketer stepped into the shoes of Kohli who was rested. Sharma had also led India to win the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in March this year.
Laxman highly impressed with Rohit’s captaincy
Former India batsman VVS Laxman has not shown any hesitation to admit that he is “mightily impressed” by Rohit’s leadership. “I was again mightily impressed with Rohit’s captaincy. He is becoming a semiregular at the job, especially in T20 cricket, and handled his troops admirably. He is proactive on the field and has clear plans, but isn’t afraid to improvise,” Laxman penned in his column for The Times of India (TOI). He also praised Rohit’s batting in the series in which the ace Indian opener hit his fourth T20I hundred, first by any cricketer ever.
Rohit has equally been impressive with captaincy in the Indian Premier League. He is the most successful captain in the tournament along with MS Dhoni with three titles though Rohit took up the leadership role in 2013 for the Mumbai Indians compared to Dhoni, who has led the Chennai Super Kings from the inaugural edition.
The series win against the Windies means Rohit now has 11 victories out of 12 T20Is besides two series victories by 3-0 margins, something that neither former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni nor Kohli has. Dhoni has one 3-0 win which came in Australia in 2016 while Kohli is yet to have his first such win.