I know this article is being published when Virat Kohli has led India to a 4-0 lead in NewZealand. If you look closely, this series is just 2 balls closer to being 2-2. Had NewZealand held their nerves in both the super-over chases, we would have been looking at 2-2. This is also not an article where we put Virat Kohli in a bad light for his captaincy, you can’t do that with a player of his calibre. This is just to compare the leadership styles of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and the factors which favour Rohit Sharma leading India in the T20 format.
Busy Schedule :
India was playing Australia in an ODI on 19th January in Bengaluru, they were playing NewZealand in Auckland on 24th January. Schedules nowadays take a heavy load on players body. Almost every team plays non stop cricket nowadays and with each game being scrutinised by experts, it does take a toll on the mental aspect of a skipper. Right now, Kohli does that for India in all three forms but if Rohit Sharma can take one format out of that equation, it will allow Kohli to breathe a little easier and express himself more in the shortest format.
Rohit Sharma is the skipper of the most successful team in the IPL having led them to title for a record 4 times. Rohit was made captain for Nidahas trophy and Asia Cup when Kohli decided to take rest and he led the team to titles in both these events. Kohli has not won any ICC tournament till date and his IPL record as captain is also pretty average. He has been one of the best batsman of the tournament over the years but apart from 2016, RCB has failed to deliver on expectations of his fans.
Rohit’s Performance :
Rohit Sharma has been at the peak of his powers in 2019 and 2020 till date as a batsman. He has taken test cricket also by storm when he opened against South Africa in recent series in India. He hit 5 centuries in the world cup and was the leading run-scorer of the tournament. The way he is batting right now, he is at the top of his game and full of confidence right now. It would be a shot in the arm for him to lead the team and it can raise his game to another level with additional responsibility given to him.
World Cup team indecisions:
India went into the world cup 2019 with uncertainty about their number four batting position and that didn’t reflect on the leading credentials of Virat Kohli as captain. Going in an event for which you have 4 years of preparation time to settle on your eleven with one position uncertain is a bit scratchy on the leader’s part. Rayudu was not picked in the fifteen and was not even called when Vijay Shankar got injured but was the front runner for number four position till a couple of series before the world cup.
Virat Kohli is one of the best batsman to have played the game, there is no debate on that but is he the best skipper ?. Surely, the latter is debatable for shorter formats.