Watch: Chopra and Gambhir restart Rohit vs Kohli debate
Former Indian captain Gautam Gambhir who is closely following Indian cricket since his retirement has recently come up with a statement adding that Rohit Sharma is the right man to lead Team India in limited-overs. Rohit Sharma has all the ingredients to be the Indian captain because he has a tremendous experience as a captain.
Under his captaincy, Team India won Asia Cup and Nidahas Trophy. As far as the IPL is concerned, he won 6 trophies as a player. He helped Mumbai Indians win 5 trophies as a captain. Considering all these aspects, Gambhir has backed his claim adding that split captaincy is important now. On the other hand, Virat Kohli is yet to win a trophy with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Gambhir also stated that if Rohit doesn’t become India’s captain, then it’s their loss and not Rohit’s. “If Rohit Sharma doesn’t become India’s captain, it’s their loss, not Rohit’s,” Gambhir was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “Yes, a captain is only as good as his team and I completely agree with that, but what are the parameters to judge a captain on who is good and who isn’t? The parameters and benchmark should be the same. Rohit has led his team to five IPL titles.”
“We keep saying MS Dhoni is India’s most successful captain. Why? Because he has won two World Cups and three IPLs,” Gambhir said. “Rohit has won five IPL titles, he is the most successful captain in the history of the tournament.
Going forward, it’ll be a shame if he doesn’t get India’s white-ball or just T20 captaincy. Because he can’t do much more than this. He can only help the team he captains to victories. So if he doesn’t become India’s regular white-ball captain, it will be their loss,” the former Indian opener added.
“They can also consider split-captaincy. No one is poor. Rohit has shown in white-ball cricket how big the difference is between his and Virat’s captaincy. One player had led his team to five titles, the other hasn’t won yet. I’m not saying this because Kohli is a poor captain. But he has received the same platform that Rohit has, so you have to judge both of them on the same parameters. Both have been captains in the IPL for the same length of time. I feel Rohit stands out as a leader,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra hit out at Gambhir’s statement by disagreeing with his words. He had questioned whether Rohit can win titles with RCB if he was RCB captain. According to Chopra, Kohli not winning a title with RCB doesn’t make him a bad captain. Chopra defended Kohli’s captaincy by saying that Kohli can also win titles if he is the captain of Mumbai Indians.
Now again, Gautam Gambhir stated: “We are not saying Virat Kohli is a bad captain but Rohit Sharma is a better captain. In fact not better but there is a huge difference between their captaincies.”
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