Gautam Gambhir on Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma captaincy debate. Photo credits: BCCL
Ever since Rohit Sharma led the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) to another IPL trophy during the recently-concluded IPL 2020 edition, in the UAE, talks for Hitman replacing Indian skipper Virat Kohli as the T20I captain as gained momentum once again.
In a recent interaction regarding the same between sports presenter Jatin Sapru and veteran cricketers such as Aakash Chopra, Gautam Gambhir, and Parthiv Patel, interesting answers were given by the trio. Former Indian opener-turned-politician Gambhir opened on the Kohli versus Rohit captaincy debate and once again threw weight on Rohit being the better candidate in T20Is.
Gambhir told Star Sports, “If we choose players based on IPL performance to internationals then why don’t we choose a captain based on IPL performance to internationals. Else, don’t keep IPL has a barometer for batting as well as bowling performances as well,” questioned the former Indian opener.
While Aakash Chopra, who remains active on various aspects of the gentlemen’s game, remained adamant on no change required whatsoever based on IPL performances, Parthiv Patel admitted that Rohit reads the game better and responds well under pressure as a captain.
Talking about Rohit’s achievements as captain, he is the most successful IPL captain with as many as five trophies for MI. In addition, he has six IPL titles overall, including one as a player for now-defunct Deccan Chargers in 2009.
For Team India, ‘Hitman’ Rohit has led the Men in Blue to Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup titles in 2018. On the other hand, the 32-year-old Kohli has also done reasonably well as the Indian captain too. He has, so far, led the national side in two ICC events, where the team faltered in the 2017 Champions Trophy final and collapsed in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals respectively.
However, Kohli doesn’t have an IPL title under his belt, both as a player and captain. Leading Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) since 2013, he hasn’t won the coveted trophy yet.