What a journey it has been for Rohit Sharma. While at one end, Virat Kohli’s limited-overs captaincy has come to an end, it is also time to welcome a new leader of the Indian white-ball setup who does not have too much time on his hands and has to deliver in quick time. The Hitman’s elevation in all forms of the game now, shows the kind of mindset he has and how he is a fighter.
Soon after the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced Rohit’s name as the new captain in ODIs after he had already been named as the T20I captain, a 10-year-old tweet from the Mumbai Indians skipper came to the fore which shows how far the Mumbai lad has come.
The tweet had come after he did not find his name in the India squad for the 2011 ODI World Cup which the Men in Blue later went on to win.
“Really really disappointed of not being the part of the WC squad..I need to move on frm here..but honestly it was a big setback..any views,” Rohit wrote in this tweet dated January 31, 2021.
Check out the tweet here:
Really really disappointed of not being the part of the WC squad..I need to move on frm here..but honestly it was a big setback..any views!
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 31, 2011
In a recent interview, the newly appointed white-ball skipper Rohit said about the importance of Virat Kohli, the batter in the side and how his leadership acumen could still come in handy.
“A batter of Kohli’s quality is always needed in the squad. To have an average of 50 plus in the T20 format, it is crazy and unreal. Obviously, with the experience he has, he has batted and bailed India out so many times from difficult situations,” Rohit said on Backstage with Boria.
“The quality and his kind of batsmanship is required. Plus, he is still a leader of the team. All those things put together, you don’t want to miss out. You don’t want to ignore that kind of stuff. His presence is very important to the team,” he added.
The Hitman’s first job as full-time ODI captain will be tour of South Africa where the team is set to play 3 ODIs.