India National Cricket Team captain Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly one of the most successful T20I skippers of all time. However, the former Australia National Cricket Team left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson believes that it was under the leadership of Virat Kohli that the Men In Blue changed their focus in the T20I format.
Rohit took over as T20I captain following Kohli’s decision to step down as T20I skipper after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE. Since becoming full-time captain, the 35-year-old has won 14 out of 18 games. Overall, Rohit-led India have won 31 out of 39 T20Is.
Meanwhile, Johnson said that Kohli, who recently scored his 71st international century, changed the focus of Team India in the T20I format under his leadership.
“It is good for India when their best player can make runs and keep the side confident. He ( Kohli) is that player who changed the focus of the team when he took on the captaincy. The team will be happy that he is scoring runs,” Johnson said in an interview with news agency Asian News International (ANI) in reference to Kohli’s century against Afghanistan.
Indians are used to playing big games because of IPL – Mitchell Johnson
Johnson further said that the India National Cricket Team players are used to playing big games thanks to the Indian Premier League (IPL) and added that the Men In Blue can perform well in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
“When it comes to World Cup, you just enjoy the moment. You need to focus, they are all big games. Indians are used to playing big games because of IPL, playing in front of large crowds with a lot of pressure. I think all that stuff (Asia Cup performance) will be behind them,” he added.
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