A few days BCCI handed over the test captaincy to Rohit Sharma. While Sharma’s tactics and batting prowess needs no introduction, it is fair to say that age may not be at Rohit’s side. We have seen on multiple occasions that Sharma is prone to injuries and had to skip tours due to that. Speaking on eve of the 1st T20I with SriLanka, Sharma believes in giving back to the game and grooming the possible captains just like he received it from the likes of MS Dhoni.
“We were also groomed by someone else. It’s a natural process and everyone goes through this, we are no different here and we are same. If we talk of Bumrah, KL, Pant, all these guys, they have a big role to play in India’s success and at the same time, (they are) looked upon as leaders as well.”
While Sharma has led the Team India on and off during Kohli’s captaincy tenure, the player has proved his mettle for captaincy by being the most successful IPL captain, leading Mumbai Indians to a record win of 5 times, even more than Dhoni who had the led CSK to four IPL victories.
Talking about the possible captains which Sharma had mentioned, K L Rahul and Rishabh Pant have the first hand experience of leading their respective franchises in the IPL, whereas it is no brainer that Jasprit Bumrah is the premier bowler for Mumbai Indians and has delivered staggering performance under immense pressure.
Shreyas Iyer got injured last year during the 1st half of the IPL and the captaincy was handed to Rishabh Pant under whom Delhi Capitals ended the qualifying matches at the top of the point table. Punjab Kings did not have a great outing under K L Rahul for the last two years but critics believe that K L Rahul has got the brains and aptitude for captaincy.