Rohit Sharma is hailed as one of the most successful captains when it comes to the shortest format of the game. His illustrious stint with Mumbai Indians is a testament to his captaincy skills as he has led the franchise to a record five titles to make his side the most successful franchise in the IPL.
Recently, the Indian men’s cricket team continued their winning streak under the leadership of Rohit Sharma as they won yet another T20I series against West Indies to strengthen their case ahead of the upcoming Asia Cup T20 and the T20 World Cup tournaments.
Rohit Sharma Played A Huge Role In Avesh Khan’s Revival
During the recent T20I series against West Indies, it was Rohit Sharma who advised Avesh Khan to slow down his pace after being pummeled by the Windies. Avesh Khan credited Rohit for giving him ‘enormous’ confidence. Avesh Khan’s match-winning figures of 2/17 in four overs helped the Indian team seal the 20-over series in the fourth match.
While Avesh Khan was receiving criticism for his mediocre performances in the past, but Rohit Sharma backed him to the hilt and his support played a huge role in Avesh Khan’s revival.
Parthiv Patel Explained How Rohit Stands Out From The Rest
Speaking on his YouTube channel, former Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel, who has worked closely with Rohit Sharma for the Mumbai Indians set-up, explained how Rohit stands out from the rest. Parthiv Patel heaped praises on the leadership skills of Rohit Sharma. He said:
“I have played under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy at Mumbai Indians and the one thing that stands out is how he backs players who aren’t performing. He is vocal about them even in public and in press conferences, as we saw with the case of Avesh Khan. Rohit backed him even after four failures and he delivered with a Man-of-the-Match performance,”
He added: “Rohit believes in taking instinctive decisions on the ground rather than pre-meditating them. When a crunch situation arises, he takes a call according to the situation and it is one of the main reasons why he has won five IPL trophies with Mumbai Indians. India have also won multi-national tournaments like the Asia Cup and Nidahas Trophy under Rohit’s captaincy,”
Further, Parthiv Patel also showered praises on Shikhar Dhawan, who led the team to ODI success in the West Indies. The veteran opener had also captained a second-string Indian side during the Sri Lanka tour last year. Parthiv Patel said Dhawan’s relaxed style as a leader instills confidence in fringe players. He said:
“Shikhar Dhawan has a pretty laid-back style of captaincy where he doesn’t take too much pressure and keeps the team atmosphere light. He does back his players, but most importantly he also gives them space to execute their own plans.”
He added: “This is so important because captaining a team is difficult when the main players are rested. The fringe players need to be given confidence in executing their skills and Dhawan has done that really well,”