Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has lavished praise on Rohit Sharma’s leadership skills after the latter led Mumbai Indians to a record fifth IPL title last week. Rohit Sharma, on Tuesday (November 10), became the first captain to win the IPL five times.
No other captain has led a team to IPL title more than thrice. What makes Rohit Sharma’s record even more incredible is the fact that those five titles have come in just 8 years. The India star has been leading Mumbai Indians from 2013 and has already guided them to an unprecedented five titles so far.
In the final, Rohit Sharma led from the very front as Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals by five wickets. The skipper scored a fine 68 to help his side chase down 156 with eight balls remaining.
Nasser Hussain on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy:
Following Mumbai Indians’ win in IPL 2020, the calls for Rohit Sharma to be handed over India captaincy, at least in T2oI cricket, have gained momentum. Recently, former India opener Gautam Gambhir said that it would be a shame if his former India teammate is not handed the captaincy at least in the T20Is.
And Nasser Hussain is aware of those calls too. The former cricketer was all praise for Rohit Sharma’s leadership, saying that his captaincy is cool, calm and the batsman makes the right decisions at the right time. He also hinted at being in favour of the calls to make Rohit the India captain by saying that the latter’s record speaks for itself.
“His captaincy, he is calm, cool, makes the right decisions at the right time and he has had such a good time with MI that there are various cricketers around the world now, including in India, saying that maybe it is time for Virat [Kohli] to step down from T20s and let Rohit take over. His record speaks for himself,” Nasser Hussain told Sky Sports.
Nasser Hussain also hailed the Mumbai batsman as ‘one of the great white-ball players’ and pointed out his record in ODIs where he has scored a record three double centuries.
“He is one of the great white ball players. If you look at the 50-over cricket, he has a couple of double hundreds he has had massive scores, in T20, he lost a bit of rhythm but he made runs in the final,” Hussain said.