Mumbai Indians captain and Indian cricket team star Rohit Sharma has underlined the reason behind a skipper being the least important person in the squad. Since the inception of the league, fans had massive expectations from Mumbai Indians, who boasted of several international recruits and reputed coaching staff. But it was not until Rohit Sharma’s ascendancy to the leadership position in 2013 that things began changing for them.
Rohit Sharma replaced Ricky Ponting as the leader mid-way through the season six of the IPL as the Australian struggled with the bat. Ponting’s endorsement of Rohit to take over as the skipper of the Mumbai-based franchise was indeed their turning point. They went on to lift their first title and at present are not only the defending champions but bagged their fourth in 2019.
The 33-year old’s composed persona on the field compounded by some solid signings have made them a force to be reckoned with. He has also proved his mettle as the Indian captain when given a chance. According to Rohit Sharma, he has a theory that when one is the captain, he becomes the least important person of them all. He believes that the skipper’s teammates form the fulcrum of it and the belief pretty much works for him.
“I believe in a theory that when you are captain, you are the least important person. Others become more important in the larger scheme of things. It works differently for different leaders but as far as I am concerned, this theory works for me,” Rohit told PTI in an interview.
“Hiding your emotions is the most crucial part” : Rohit Sharma
India’s limited-overs vice-captain addressed his comparisons to MS Dhoni in terms of calmness by saying that one does not need to wear a mask on the field.
Rohit believes that one must be themselves all the time but admits that showing anger is a natural instinct. At the same time, the right-handed batsman pointed out that it is vital not to take it out on the teammates and must keep it concealed.
“Not showing anger is not a conscious effort…that’s a natural instinct that you have and you don’t try and be someone that you are not. Try and be yourself all the time. You do get angry, lose temper at times but it’s important not to show it to your teammates. Hiding your emotions is the most crucial part,” he elaborated.
Pitches in Dubai are a bit on the slower side: Rohit Sharma
The 33-year old is looking forward to of playing in the UAE, where he considers as a challenge to play in. He conceded that while the pitches in UAE are similar to that of India, the overhead conditions can make a considerable difference and the temperature in particular. With 4898 runs in 188 IPL games, Rohit Sharma is the third-highest run-getter in IPL history.
“It’s a good environment to be in. It’s challenging but I love challenges and I want an environment like this. My mind has been relaxed for last five months. Your planning changes a lot. Pitches in Dubai are a bit on the slower side. The pitches are not so different from India but yes overhead conditions will be a big factor as you are not always used to playing in 40 degrees which can be a bit of a challenge,” he stated further.