Mumbai Indians scripted history as they managed to lift their 4th IPL title after registering a one-run victory against the Chennai Super Kings in the final of Vivo IPL 12 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. It was a record 4th title for the Mumbai Indians and the 4th one for Rohit Sharma as the skipper of MI.
Over the years Rohit Sharma has been a terrific captain for the MI and it was evident yet another time. Some of his decisions were exceptional which changed the course of the match. With Mumbai Indians winning their 4th IPL title, there could be possibilities that he might be made the Indian captain in the future.
Now with the tournament done and dusted, let us have a look at why Rohit Sharma deserves to lead the Indian ODI and T20 team.
Rohit Sharma just like MS Dhoni has a calming influence as a skipper who is taking charge of his troops in the field. Known as the ‘Hitman’ of world cricket, Rohit Sharma is a calm and composed skipper who never takes any decision at haste. Over the years he has improved as a skipper by leaps and bounds and has led MI to 4th IPL title in 7 years.
Rohit Sharma could well prove to be the actual successor of MS Dhoni. If Rohit Sharma is handed the Indian ODI captaincy, Virat Kohli will also be relieved of his duties which might help him perform a tad better as a batsman.
Trusting the players
It is one of the most important traits of Rohit Sharma. He tends to trust his players a lot which have resulted in several victories for the Mumbai Indians and it was quite evident yesterday against the Chennai Super Kings. Lasith Malinga conceded 20 runs in the 6th over which brought the calculation down to 42 of the last 4 overs. Not many skippers would have again given the ball to Malinga.
However, Rohit Sharma backed Malinga in the final over and gave him the ball with CSK needing 9 of the final over. The rest turned out to be history as Lasith Malinga managed to defend 9 runs in the final over to hand MI a one-run victory.
Setting perfect field placements
Some of the field placements of Rohit Sharma through the course of Vivo IPL 12 was sensational and it also helped them to change the course of the game. He has been very clear in his mind in which field he wants and always backs the bowler to execute his plans.
He did lose his cool a bit and it is expected during a final of a tournament. When MS Dhoni came out to bat yesterday, a slip was employed which proved that MI wanted to bag his wicket rather than curbing the run flow. The field placements in the final over were immaculate as well bowled by Lasith Malinga.
Decisive in decision making
Rohit Sharma is very sure of his decision making and backs himself to come out with flying colours. He has a set plan and he is ready to back his players to any extent which makes him a special skipper. Rohit Sharma was quite clear of giving the final over of the match to Lasith Malinga despite the pacer conceding 20 runs in the 16th over.
It was a big call to say the least. However, Rohit Sharma knew that it was only Malinga who could have defended those 9 runs in the final over. He also kept his word of opening the batting all through the tournament.