After an astounding Asia Cup campaign stand-in captain, Rohit Sharma’s non-inclusion in the Test side for West Indies Tests has created a buzz. Rohit had a phenomenal tournament, where he led India to victory, without losing a single game. India drew against Afghanistan, but one has to take into consideration the fact that India did not field their best XI available. So, is Rohit Sharma a better captain material than Virat Kohli. Recently, Rohit Sharma climbed to the second spot in the latest ICC ODI rating. He is just behind regular captain Virat Kohli, who is at the numero uno position. But, when it comes to leading the Men in Blue, he has not done anything big, that brings us to the question, is Rohit a better ODI captain than Kohli.
Here are three points that support our point.
Failed repeatedly as captain in IPL for RCB:
Kohli has not led RCB to anything big since he became captain of the franchise in 2013, despite having a powerful squad on paper, they never converted that on the field. With RCB failing to qualify in the knockout stage, Kohli’s captaincy has been mediocre in IPL. He is the second highest run-getter in IPL history, but when it comes to captaincy, more is expected from Kohli.
Rohit is the better option currently:
Rohit led India to victory in two multi-nation tournaments in 2018, the Nidahas Trophy and the Asia Cup. Not that this is a yardstick, but at least gives you a glimpse that Rohit can take over. The Mumbai-born has also led Mumbai Indians to the title and that is a long tournament where you need to be at your best for a period of six weeks.
Average leadership skills:
Since Kohli has taken over as captain, as a batsman it has not affected him as he leads from the front, but his captaincy, in general, has come under the scanner a number of times. His outrageous bowling changes and field changes have quite often taken the average viewer by surprise. Rohit, on the other hand, is quiet and goes about his job like a thorough professional. Unlike Dhoni, it has also been seen that he often loses his cool on-the-field which does not set the right example.