Rohit Sharma Is A Bit Laid-back, Who takes Things In A Very Calm And Cautious Way – Sourav Ganguly On Sharma's Captaincy

Updated - 18 Aug 2022, 12:54 AM

Sourav Ganguly, Rohit Sharma
Sourav Ganguly, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly, while talking about Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, said that the 35-year-old is a “bit laid-back” and takes things forward in a very calm and cautious manner.

Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma is the only captain in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to win 5 championships. He replaced Virat Kohli as all-format captain of the India National Cricket Team and so far he has not lost a series since becoming the full-time captain.

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KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

During the Bengal Peerless event on ‘Leadership in Modern India,’ Ganguly said that captain Rohit is “not someone who’s into your face all the time”.

“Rohit Sharma is obviously a bit laid-back, who takes things in a very calm and cautious way and not someone who’s into your face all the time,” Ganguly said during the Bengal Peerless event on ‘Leadership in Modern India’.

Sourav Ganguly further said that Team India have produced some really great captains over the years, including MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. He elaborated:

“India has produced some great captains over the years. MS Dhoni who handled the transition fantastically, and continues to bring accolades not just for India but his franchise (Chennai Super Kings). Then came Virat Kohli who also has a fantastic record. He was a different sort of captain, he did things differently.

“Every individual is different but what matters is the result and how many wins and losses you have. I don’t compare captains, everybody has their way of leadership. We give responsibility to someone, then we want him to do the things the way we want it, and I think that’s not correct. When you back someone let him captain, give him a bit of time to give results, and then see what happens.” 

I don’t think toss was the reason to lose the final – Sourav Ganguly on the 2003 WC Final

Sourav Ganguly, ICC Final,
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sourav Ganguly-led Team India won the toss and elected to bowl first in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 final against Ricky Ponting-led Australia National Cricket Team at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Australian batters demolished the Indian bowling attack and posted 359/2 on the board. Defending the target Australia National Cricket Team restricted Team India to 234 and won the final by 125 runs.

Team India received heavy criticism for bowling first in that match. However, Ganguly has said that his decision to bowl first was not the reason behind India’s loss.

“I don’t think in retrospect. I was disappointed that I lost the final but I don’t think toss was the reason to lose the final. We did not play well,” he said.

“I don’t deal with football so I won’t be able to answer that question. But I think every sports body has a system, every sports body has its rules and regulations. We at BCCI also have rules and protocols,” Ganguly said when asked to comment on FIFA’s ban on Indian football.

BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly
BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

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