India, Rohit Sharma, Sunil Gavaskar, Clive Lloyd
Rohit Sharma has led with aplomb. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has compared Rohit Sharma’s captaincy with legendary West Indies captain Clive Lloyd. The former West Indies skipper had gone on to win two World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979. Thus, it is a big compliment for Rohit Sharma. India’s interim captain Rohit Sharma has led with aplomb in the absence of full-time skipper Virat Kohli.

Sunil Gavaskar is impressed by the way Rohit Sharma has kept a check on his emotions which doesn’t put extra pressure on other players. He has provided his bowlers with the field of their choice. Furthermore, he has shown the guile in rotating his bowlers.

Sunil Gavaskar, Asia Cup 2018, India
Sunil Gavaskar (Photo Credit: AFP))

Gavaskar likens Rohit Sharma with Clive Lloyd.

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Therefore, Rohit Sharma has been able to make the most of his experience while leading the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Rohit has led Mumbai Indians to three titles in the IPL.

“India’s skipper Rohit Sharma is doing the Clive Lloyd thing by hiding his emotions as he smiles and turns back to his fielding position. This does not put any pressure on the person who dropped the catch or misfielded and makes him want to give an extra effort,” Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column for Times of India.

Meanwhile, the Little Master believes that the great teams don’t show their emotions on the field. They try to keep a check on their body language. The West Indies and Australian team of the past have been a perfect example.

India, Rohit Sharma, Sunil Gavaskar, Clive Lloyd
Rohit Sharma has led with aplomb.
(Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Crucial for the captain to keep a check on the emotions.

“The best of teams just go on to the next delivery as they know, in a team game, all eleven can’t be successful and there is bound to be the odd failure. How to carry that failure and make him a part of the team’s success is the key. The great West Indies teams of the past did that splendidly with the phlegmatic skipper Clive Lloyd displaying no emotion with an error on the field. The same with the ’90s Australian team who bonded so well with each other that, if one of them dropped a catch, they would have a go at the batsman instead for being lucky,” Sunil Gavaskar wrote.
Consequently, Rohit Sharma has done a fine job in giving confidence to his teammates. The captain plays a pivotal role in boosting the confidence of his players. Rohit Sharma has made sure that he has put his weight behind his players.

Gautam Chauhan

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