Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan lavished praise on the Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma, asserting that his calmness on the field is quite reminiscent of that of the former legendary skipper, MS Dhoni.
Both Dhoni and Rohit have led their respective IPL franchise to plenty of titles. Dhoni has also done it for India and Rohit will get his opportunity in the near future with the T20 World Cup coming up this year. Speaking about the two, Pathan said there has been a lot of improvement in Rohit.
“Every player goes through that phase in his career when he isn’t able to perform and only left with disappointment. The current team has two such players: Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit. Jadeja hasn’t looked back since the 2017 Champions Trophy final… and Rohit has changed a lot since the 2011 World Cup snub. There used to be a lot of talk about his talent. But he himself would say that he was much more than just talent.“
“He worked hard on his skill-set and the best opportunity came in the 2013 Champions Trophy. He was given the role of opening the innings and that took Rohit’s career to another level. His performance was a notch above and that improved his consistency as well. We talk about Dhoni being Mr. Cool but Rohit is cool as a cucumber,” Irfan stated in a conversation on Star Sports.
“One should learn from Rohit how to lift the side on his shoulders” – Irfan Pathan
Irfan further mentioned that Rohit’s captaincy journey developed after he was given the role at Mumbai Indians. He was always seen as captaincy potential, right from his early days playing for Deccan Chargers alongside Adam Gilchrist.
“He was also appointed Mumbai Indians skipper midway through the season. He replaced Ricky Ponting and completely changed the Mumbai franchise. Mumbai does a lot of meetings and being involved in the process in detail is a tough task. One should learn from Rohit how to lift the side on his shoulders and be involved in his team’s growth,” he concluded.
Rohit’s full-time captaincy stint for India has gotten off to the perfect start. The team is yet to lose a match under him after he took over from Virat Kohli.