Rohit Sharma has already established himself as one of the elite batsmen in the past decade. His captaincy skills were unheard of until the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, the change of guard from Ricky Ponting to Rohit Sharma for Mumbai Indians in the sixth season became the turning point for the franchise. Having made his debut in 2007, Rohit existed on the fringes of the national team.
It was only in 2013 when he got promoted to the opening position, his career underwent a phenomenal transformation. Meanwhile, when Ricky Ponting struggled to set things in motion as the leader in the 2013 season of IPL, he made way for Rohit Sharma to take over. Not only did the 32-year old ushered the franchise to the title, but also led to three more trophies post that. The elegant right-hander has also captained the Indian team on certain occasions and is presently the vice-captain of India’s limited-overs teams.
The Tasmanian, who served as the coach of Mumbai Indians, has witnessed Rohit grow as a leader and is well versed of his mettle as the skipper. Ponting has recently joined Twitter and has been actively engaging in answering the questions asked by the fans. And he responded to a fan, who asked him his impression of Rohit as the captain. The former Aussie captain rates him exceptionally high as a captain. The 45-year old mentioned as quoted by Times Now “I rate Rohit Sharma exceptionally highly as a batsman and leader. His captaincy record in the IPL speaks for itself.”
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) January 12, 2020
Rohit’s scintillating run in the past year:
The Mumbai batsman enjoyed unparalleled success in the year 2019, especially in ODI cricket, having scored 1472 runs. Those amount of runs helped him end up as the highest run-getter in the year. Currently, he is gearing up to face Australia, against whom the series begins from the 14th of January. The right-hander averages 61.73 against Australia in 37 games. He scored his first of the three double centuries against the men in yellow in 2013. Rohit took a break from cricket and did not feature in the T20I series against Sri Lanka to spend some time with my family.