Yesterday, the most successful captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Rohit Sharma has won the fifth title for his teams, Mumbai Indians (MI). The skipper is lauded with appreciations from across the world as he has been commanding his side for eight years and has clinched his fifth title in the mean tenure.
For the reason, India’s former cricketer, Gautam Gambhir believes the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) should look for Rohit as their next limited-overs skipper.
Gautam Gambhir: Rohit Sharma should lead India in limited-overs cricket
“If Rohit Sharma doesn’t become India’s captain, it’s their loss, not Rohit’s. Yes, a captain is only as good as his team and I completely agree with that, but what are the parameters to judge a captain on who is good and who isn’t? The parameters and benchmark should be the same. Rohit has led his team (MI) to five IPL titles.” Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo.
On the other hand, as Virat Kohli is yet to win an IPL title and the India national team is known to fail at the final stages of big cricketing events, Gambhir said that there is a huge difference in both captaincies. On judging at IPL’s parameter, Gautam has chosen Rohit Sharma as the captain.
“They can also consider split-captaincy. No one is poor. Rohit has shown in white-ball cricket how big the difference is between his and Virat’s captaincy. One player had led his team to five titles, the other hasn’t won yet,” Gambhir said.
“I’m not saying this because Kohli is a poor captain. But he has received the same platform that Rohit has, so you have to judge both of them on the same parameters. Both have been captains in the IPL for the same length of time. I feel Rohit stands out as a leader.” he concluded.