Former India opener and Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir feels it is the right time for Rohit Sharma to take over India’s white-ball captaincy, or at least in the shortest format.

Rohit inspired Mumbai Indians (MI) to victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 final vs Delhi Capitals, which was also Mumbai’s record-extending fifth IPL title. He played a knock of 68 runs, as MI successfully chased a target of 157 with 8 balls to spare.

As Rohit added a sixth IPL title to his trophy cabinet, the former Delhi skipper, Gambhir, feels that it would be India’s loss if such a decision is not taken. He had also won an IPL title with Deccan Chargers back in 2009.

“If Rohit Sharma does not 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 is not? The parameters and benchmark should be the same for all. Rohit has led his team to 5 IPL titles,” Gambhit told ESPNCricinfo.

Virat Kohli is currently leading India across all three formats. He’s also Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) skipper but has never won the IPL. Gambhir also went on to compare Rohit to former India skipper MS Dhoni, who is India’s most successful captain, due to his success at the international level and IPL too.

The cricketer-turner-politician said that such a parameter should be used to judge the MI captain too. He also feels that a split-captaincy is feasible for India.

“They can also consider split-captaincy as 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. I’m not saying this because Kohli is a bad captain,” he said.

“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. But I feel Rohit stands out as a leader,” concluded Gambhir.

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