VVS Laxman has admired Rohit Sharma for the way he has led Mumbai Indians in IPL but deems Virat Kohli should still captain India in white-ball cricket. Many experts consider that the time for Rohit to lead India especially in T20Is has finally arrived. Rohit has led MI to 5 IPL titles and is the most successful captain in the biggest T20 league.
Yet, VVS Laxman has supported Virat Kohli to continue to lead India in white-ball cricket. The former cricketer admitted that Kohli has done a phenomenal job as captain of team India and should continue leading the side. Laxman doesn’t see any requirement of making Rohit as captain of team India in the shorter formats.
VVS Laxman Wants Virat Kohli To Stay As Captain Of Team India
“No doubt he (Rohit) is a wonderful captain. Whenever he led in Virat’s absence he has been successful. Leading a franchise to five titles is not easy. The way he has built the team (Mumbai Indians) and handles tough situations has been superb.
He has all the qualities to be a successful captain for India but you don’t have to necessarily look for a change. Virat has had phenomenal success and is doing a fantastic job. I don’t see any requirement to make a change,” said VVS Laxman at the virtual launch of ‘The Hitman: The Rohit Sharma Story’.
Meanwhile, VVS Laxman has backed Rohit Sharma the batsman in Test cricket and feels he will succeed in the longest format. Laxman further added that Rohit’s career so far is somewhat similar to his as he too got a fixed batting position after a long time. Laxman who scored 8,781 runs in Test cricket holds that Rohit is a rare talent who has the potential to score big knocks in all forms of cricket.
“His (Rohit) career reminded me of my career, asked to shift in the batting order. Not easy to open against quality fast bowlers without having opened earlier. He can put pressure on the bowlers once he gets his eye in”, he said.
“But he has been bogged by injuries. He is talented enough to succeed as a Test match player. The first time I saw him was in 2005 in the KSCA tournament. He had a lot of time against the fast bowlers but struggled against the spinners.
A year later I saw him so improved and he was clearing the boundary with such ease at No. 6, changing the momentum of the game. I knew he could do something special. We struggle to get a double hundred in Test cricket and he has done it three times in One-day cricket”, VVS Laxman concluded.
Furthermore, there’s no denying the fact that Rohit Sharma has so far underachieved in his Test career. The biggest positive has been his form in the last year in Test cricket as he averages over 90. All the Indian fans will be hoping that Rohit gets fully fit in time for the last two Tests against Australia.