Former India, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Delhi Capitals captain Gautam Gambhir singled out Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma as the one who gave him sleepless nights during their encounters in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The cricketer-turned-commentator hailed the right-handed batter as the most successful captain in the history of the cash-rich T20 tournament. Gambhir said that Rohit Sharma as the batter was the most stressful for him to counter, despite saying that he was unfazed by the likes of AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle.
Speaking on Star Sports, Gambhir said: “As captain, Rohit Sharma is the only player who gave me sleepless nights. Neither Chris Gayle nor AB de Villiers nor anyone else, only Rohit Sharma. He is the player who gave me sleepless nights. There is no more successful cricketer in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) than Rohit Sharma as captain.”
Rohit Sharma replaced Ricky Ponting as MI captain midway in the IPL 2013 and took the team to their maiden IPL victory that year. Since then, MI has won the Indian Premier League in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020, becoming only the second team to successfully defend their IPL title and the most successful franchise with five IPL titles.
Meanwhile, Gambhir is a key part of the Lucknow Super Giants think tank. The new franchise has roped in the two-time IPL winning captain as a mentor for IPL 2022.
“Rohit Sharma’s Name Is Forever On Top For Mumbai Indians” – Irfan Pathan
On the other hand, former India all-rounder and 2007 T20 World Cup winner Irfan Pathan said that Rohit Sharma has had a significant contribution to the success of the Mumbai Indians. He opined that the 34-year-old has etched his name in the history books with his unbeatable shows as captain in the league.
Pathan said on Star Sports: “Rohit Sharma will always be remembered in the history of Mumbai Indians and IPL. Rohit Sharma’s name is forever on top for Mumbai Indians.”
IPL 2022 is scheduled to begin on March 26. MI will begin their campaign on March 27 with a clash against Delhi Capitals at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.