Rohit Sharma is a natural leader and his success in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is unprecedented. The winner of five IPL trophies as skipper of Mumbai Indians, Rohit is someone who knows the art of captaincy and allows players to express themselves. Another crucial aspect of his leadership is that he trusts players and backs them. Mumbai Indians, who won the IPL 2020 title a week back, need to thank their skipper for making several right decisions,
The important feature of MI’s title-winning side is that the players love it under Rohit and there is a sense of enjoyment in their play. Besides, having a close-knit of players and the element of trust that comes with it, are strong aspects of the team. Now, this brings us to a very crucial question. Should Rohit be made India’s white-ball captain?
Well, the senior cricketer has done well as a leader for India in the absence of Virat Kohli whenever required. He has helped India win trophies, with the biggest prize still being the 2018 Nidahas Trophy. Having said that, Rohit could be a prime option for Team India on the leadership front.
Split captaincy is something England and Australia follow and they have found success. This is where the management must decide on Rohit leading the team. It also allows Virat Kohli to play freely and keep leading India in Test cricket.
One should use the parameters in judging a captain and Rohit’s five titles in the IPL is something that should be looked at. India should use Rohit’s pedigree here and that will be a bonus. Several former Indian cricketers including Gautam Gambhir have backed Rohit.
Rohit will not play the upcoming limited-overs series against Australia due to a hamstring issue. However, going forward India should look at him, keeping the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in mind.