From Kapil Dev to Mohammad Azharuddin, from Sourav Ganguly to MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, Indian cricket has seen captains who took the team to newer heights. Current skipper Rohit Sharma is no different. The 36-year-old is a combination of calmness and aggression. He has the ability to bring the best out of any ordinary player.
Since taking over the captaincy in International cricket Rohit has had his way of implementing plans in coordination with his team and the management and so far the right-hander has done a reasonable job as a skipper in spite of India losing the 2023 World Test Championship final. His five Mumbai Indians title as captain in the IPL highlights his leadership qualities. In this piece we will discuss his captaincy records in International cricket as well as the IPL:
Rohit Sharma’s Captaincy Record in Tests
The 36-year-old has implemented plans while captaining the side depending on the formats. His approach has been measured when it comes to leading in tests. Rohit has emphasized using three spinners when it comes to playing in home conditions while playing overseas the Mumbai-based batsman opts for three seamers and two spinners.
Although his captaincy in the 2023 World Test Championship final against Australia so far the right-hander has done a decent job when it comes to the bowling changes and selecting the playing eleven. When it comes to test cricket, Rohit is still the right option for the captain’s role due to his experience. In 7 tests as captain, Rohit has won 4 while he has lost 2 with 1 ending in a draw. His winning percentage while leading the test team is 57.14%.
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Rohit Sharma’s Captaincy Record in ODIs
Rohit’s first tournament as skipper was the Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi in 2018 in the absence of Virat Kohli which India won. Although these are still early days to compare his captaincy with that of MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli as he has led the side in limited matches so far. The 36-year-old opts to have three pacers and two spinners while playing in India or sometimes an extra spinner.
While captaining India in overseas conditions, Rohit opts to have an extra pacer. He has captained India in 26 ODIs so far winning 19 and losing 7 with a win percentage of 73.08%. The opener doesn’t opt for an attacking field but always employs a slip fielder and a deep square leg fielder for batsmen who are strong on the leg side. Rohit has a tendency to operate a spinner from one end and a pacer from the other end on wickets that aid spinners as well as pacers in ODIs.
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Rohit Sharma’s T20I Captaincy records
Rohit has done reasonably well as a skipper in T20Is. The right-hander is somewhat the same as he plays an extra spinner while playing a T20I in India but relies on pace in foreign conditions. In 51 T20Is as captain, Rohit has so far won 39 T20Is and lost 12. He employs mid-on and mid-off players during the power play. After power play, Rohit opts to employ a fielder at long on or long off for batters who are big hitters against spin and at third man for batters who are strong enough to play the shot ball.
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Rohit Sharma’s IPL captaincy records
When it comes to leading Mumbai Indians in the IPL, Rohit has won 5 titles as a skipper. He is the second most successful skipper in IPL history after MS Dhoni. He has captained Mumbai Indians in 158 games winning 87 and losing 67 with 4 ending in tie. His winning percentage in IPL as a captain is 55.06%.
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