Rohit Sharma and his astute leadership skills has won a lot of accolades in the past few years. And, why shouldn’t it? After all, the charismatic Indian opener is one the most successful captain in the history of the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
Rohit first took over the leadership duties of the Mumbai Indians during the 2013 season and since then the Mumbaikar had led his team to as many as four IPL titles. Rohit has also led India in the absence of Virat Kohli and has presided over the 2018 Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup titles.
One of the biggest qualities of Rohit Sharma- the captain- is that he remains so calm under immense pressure and also how he motivates his teammates, especially the youngsters.
These qualities make Rohit’s captaincy style pretty similar to legendary Indian captain and a three-time ICC trophy winner- Mahendra Singh Dhoni, out-of-favor Indian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina reckons.
“Rohit’s captaincy is very similar to MSD. The way he does things calmly, the way he motivates people. He is bindaas, he knows that whenever he goes to bat he’ll make runs. So this sort of confidence is there in a player, then the rest of the players also pick that up from him… this is what I like about Rohit,” Suresh Raina said on Sportscreen’s Youtube channel.
Suresh Raina hails Rohit Sharma’s decision-making skills in crunch situations
The last two IPL finals that Mumbai Indians have won have been nail-biting encounters [by 1 run], and Raina, alluding to the 2017 final against Rising Pune SuperGiant, hailed Rohit’s decision-making in crunch situations.
“I recently saw in that final against Pune, Rohit made some 2-3 great moves as captain of Mumbai.. in crunch situation the way he made changes between overs on a dry wicket, the way he released pressure then created pressure. Watching that you know that he is taking all these decisions himself. Yes, there must be some advice coming from outside but in his mind, he knows what to do when. No wonder he has won so many trophies as captain,” Suresh Raina added.
There have been a lot of talks around giving Rohit Sharma the leadership reigns of the Indian white-ball teams but that is unlikely to happen in the near future, given the fact that Indian cricket has never really been in favor of split captaincy.