Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was happy that the newly appointed skipper, Rohit Sharma, is performing excellently after being given the leadership duties. Rohit took over from Virat Kohli as the full-time T20I captain with an eye on winning next year’s T20 World Cup.
Rohit scored 159 runs in three matches, including two fifties and a score of 48. His strike rate was also above 150, showing that the captaincy is making him an even more aggressive batsman than before. This bodes well for the team heading into the future, as per Gambhir.
“He has done it (scoring big) year after year. It’s good that it’s coming while he is the full-time captain. Performing the way he did is a huge positive. Because sometimes captaincy can take the freedom out of your game, but it didn’t happen with Rohit.”
“Yes, he has captained previously as well but wasn’t the full-time captain. This series showed his maturity and what he has done in this series is no surprise. But what was impressive is the way he played with a lot of freedom despite being announced as full-time captain,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.
Gautam Gambhir heaps praise on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy
Gautam Gambhir went on to point out how the little moments in the matches were won due to Rohit’s captaincy. The Mumbaikar has experience winning titles with Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL, which makes him well prepared for tense situations at the international level.
“Very, very good captaincy from Rohit Sharma. Bringing on Axar Patel in the 3rd over and getting Yuzvendra Chahal in the 4th over. These are small, small things, sometimes, you might just miss. But this is what captaincy is all about, always staying ahead of the game, and he got the results.
“He is someone who won 5 titles in the IPL, and now he has started off this series with a clean sweep. So this is what captaincy does in T20I cricket,” Gambhir added.
The 3-0 win in the T20I series is the perfect start for the Indian team under the new head coach Rahul Dravid.