Former Indian player Aakash Chopra believes that Rohit Sharma will turn out to be a good T20I captain if he’s appointed as Virat Kohli’s replacement. Current skipper Kohli has decided to step down from captaincy duties in T20Is after the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Comparing Rohit’s style of captaincy to former skipper, MS Dhoni, Chopra reckoned both have a keen sense of reading the situation of the game. The Indian team members also have a good rapport with Rohit so the 34-year-old can thrive at the helm if given the opportunity, as per Chopra.
“Rohit Sharma has a close resemblance to MS Dhoni’s brand of captaincy when you talk about his ability to read the game. Where you find them slightly different is that Dhoni allows the game to simmer at times while Rohit Sharma tries to control the game a little more.“
“There is no doubt that Rohit’s captaincy will be very good. The team is going to rally around him. His equation with other team members is extremely beautiful, there is a lot of respect for the captain, which should be there, for who he is and the runs that he scores,” Chopra mentioned.
“Rohit knows how to take full advantage of the resources” – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra asserted that an experienced player like Rohit can pull out all the stops and stay a couple of steps ahead in the game. The Mumbaikar has an excellent record while captaining in T20Is, having won 15 out of 19 matches.
“Rohit brings a huge amount of experience to the table. He has a clever brain, I am a fan of his brain. He reads the game very well, he is two-three steps ahead of the game. If you see a T20 or ODI match, you will find that when the eighth over is being bowled, Rohit’s brain is thinking about the 12th over. Because of that, he knows how to take full advantage of the resources,” Chopra added.
Although age is not on Rohit’s side, the management might appoint him as a captain until India finds a suitable replacement for the captaincy role.