Amid the growing voices that Rohit Sharma should lead India, former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke feels that is how it should be in regular skipper Virat Kohli’s absence. While speaking to India Today, Clarke said that had he known Kohli would not be playing the Tests, he would have picked Rohit to lead the team.Also Read - IPL 2022: How Virat Kohli's Fitness Training Inspired Gujarat Titans Star Sai Sudarshan
“If I was picking the Indian team before they came to Australia and knew that Virat was going to go home after the first Test, I would have picked Rohit Sharma. 100 percent. Because I think he needs to captain India if Virat Kohli is not there,” Michael Clarke said. Also Read - Yuzvendra Chahal Jokingly Claims he Can Break Virat Kohli's IPL Record in 10 Matches
Hailing Rohit’s leadership skills, Clarke said that he is outstanding and he showed that again in the recently concluded IPL. Clarke also reckons that Rohit should always lead India if Kohli is not there. Also Read - Sourav Ganguly Breaks Silence on Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma's Poor Form
“His captaincy and leadership is outstanding. Once again, he showed that during the IPL and another IPL win, he knows how to lead men. I think he should be captain of India in any format if Virat Kohli is not there,” he added.
“That being the case, I would have done everything in powers to get Rohit Sharma fit and have him bat at No. 6. Once Virat goes, he takes over the leadership,” he added further.
Meanwhile, there is doubt over Rohit’s availability for the Tests as well. The Mumbai Indians skipper is currently undergoing rehab after he picked up a hamstring injury during the IPL. Despite the injury, he featured in the summit clash, and that raised eyebrows.
In under 24 hours, Kohli will lead the side in the second ODI at Sydney where India will look to square the three-match ODI series with a win.