Rohit Sharma’s impressive turnaround of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) deserve plenty of accolades. Having arrived in the team in 2011, Rohit became the captain two years later and guided the franchise to four titles as of today. Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman points out a factor that has made him one of the most successful captains in history.
When looked at the number of championships won, Rohit Sharma stands out as the most successful one with MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir winning three and two respectively as captains. As far as VVS Laxman is concerned, the 33-year old’s ability to soak the pressure makes him an excellent leader.
The 45-year old and Rohit was part of the Deccan Chargers’ outfit that lifted the trophy in 2009 in South Africa. Recalling his tenure in the Hyderabad-based franchise, the 134-Test veteran remarked that the Hitman batted in plenty of pressure situations when he was with Deccan Chargers but not once it was palpable.
“But for me, most important was handling the pressure because not once in those tough situations when he was batting did it show, and he has evolved and blossomed. That’s why he’s one of the most successful captains in IPL history.” Laxman said as quoted by News Indian Express.
“He became a leader in the Deccan Chargers team”: VVS Laxman on Rohit Sharma
Amid the under-performing Deccan Chargers’ middle-order in 2008, the Mumbai batsman was a standout batsman for them. According to Laxman, as Rohit Sharma batted and lived through those situations, he evolved, grew, and guided the youngsters. The Hyderabad-born batsman felt that when he first came to the IPL, the 33-year old was only a rookie; however, he turned out to be highly resourceful gradually.
“I think the way he was batting in the middle order, under pressure because the team didn’t do well in the inaugural IPL edition in 2008, but Rohit was a standout performer for us.
In each and every match, with each and every success, his confidence level was just growing, he was getting into the core group, helping the youngsters, voicing his opinion and those were early signs.”
He became a leader in the Deccan Chargers team. When he came in the first year, he was a youngster who just played the T20 World Cup, made his international debut for India.”