Virat Kohli not a poor captain but will be a shame if Rohit Sharma doesn't lead India: Gautam Gambhir
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has said Rohit Sharma deserves India captaincy in white-ball cricket, saying it will be Team India's loss if the Mumbai Indians captain doesn't lead the senior national team in the near future. Gambhir clarified that Virat Kohli is not a poor captain but Rohit's achievements in the IPL make him stand out as a captain.
Rohit Sharma won his 6th IPL title and 5th as captain on Tuesday in Dubai as Mumbai Indians outclassed Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 final. Rohit led from the front with a match-winning 68 as Mumbai gunned down a 157-run total with relative ease after another all-round bowling performance from the champions.
Mumbai Indians now have 5 titles, 2 more than nearest-rivals Chennai Super Kings. Under Rohit's captaincy, MI have all their 5 titles in the last year and have become only the 2nd team to defend the IPL title. Barring the opening match and their last league match, MI didn't like they would be challenged by any side in the tournament. After finishing the league stages with 18 points, MI defeated Delhi twice in the play-offs to take the crown.
"If Rohit Sharma doesn't become India's captain, it's their loss, not Rohit's," Gambhir told
"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 (MI) to five IPL titles."
Gambhir also suggested that India can try split-captaincy in limited-overs. While India have been averse to the idea, several teams, including England and South Africa, have adopted the policy in the recent past.
"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," Gambhir said.
"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."
Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore to the play-offs for the first time since 2016. After finishing at the bottom of the table, it was refreshing to see RCB playing a positive brand of cricket at IPL 2020 but they lacked the firepower of a champion team and crashed out after 5 successive defeats, including the one against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator.