5 Indian legends who back Rohit Sharma as India’s captain
Rohit falls in an exclusive category of Indian captains to have won the Asia Cup.
Published - Nov 16, 2019 1:08 pm
Updated - Nov 16, 2019 1:08 pm
In 2013, Mumbai Indians roped in Ricky Ponting, which gave the cricket lovers a godly opportunity to witness Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar bat together, a combination they famously called “Pondulkar”. Ponting was the captain of that Mumbai Indians side but he clearly wasn’t at his fittest best to see through the tournament.
That was when Rohit Sharma made his debut as a captain for the Mumbai Indians and the rest, as they say, is history. He went on to win four IPL titles as captain and also was handed the chance to lead the Indian side on many occasions. He falls in an exclusive category of Indian captains to have won the Asia Cup as well.
He has done a pretty good job as the captain and many experts have heaped praises on his growth. History would perhaps remember this era of Indian cricket as Kohli’s men, but a lot of former cricketers have regularly batted for Rohit to be the captain as well. Here are five former Indian cricketers who backed the Mumbaikar to be a captain for the national side.
1. Gautam Gambhir
One of the finest openers of his time, Gautam Gambhir did a fairly decent job at the top of the order, especially when it mattered the most. As a captain too, he has done a tremendous job in the IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders, winning two titles with them. Gambhir retired last year in Delhi, bringing curtains to a fine career in international and Indian domestic cricket.
Perhaps one of the finest persons to comment on this issue, Gambhir has always backed Rohit Sharma over Virat Kohli. He further went on to say that it’s gentlemen like MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma make Kohli look much better as a captain. Although that sounds like a dig at the Indian skipper, he has tremendous admiration for Kohli but clearly, according to him, Rohit is the first choice captain.
“Captaincy credentials are noticed when you are leading a franchise when you do not have other players supporting you. See what Rohit Sharma has achieved for Mumbai Indians, see what Dhoni has achieved for Chennai Super Kings. If you compare that with RCB, the results are there for everyone to see,” he said as quoted by India Today when asked to compare these two.