Rohit Sharma’s childhood coach Dinesh Lad said on Wednesday that his ward showed leadership qualities right from the school days and it’s not surprising to see him emerge as one of the finest white-ball captains in the shortest format of the game.
Dinesh Lad said Rohit Sharma will certainly do well if given an opportunity to lead India in white-ball formats but that the decision rests firmly on the hands of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the senior selection committee.
There have been calls to make Rohit Sharma India’s captain in limited-overs cricket after the Mumbai Indians captain led the team to a record-extending 5th IPL title on Tuesday. MI, under their record-setting captain, played spotless cricket in the UAE and were head and shoulders above the chasing pack for the entirety of IPL 2020. MI defended their IPL title for the first time as Rohit played a match-winning knock of 68 in the final against Delhi Capitals in Dubai.
“I had sensed his leadership qualities right from the school days. I remember the time in school cricket, when I had asked him to lead the team, he used to single handedly win games,” Dinesh Lad told PTI.
“I cannot say anything on it. It is up to the BCCI and the selectors. If Rohit is given a chance to lead then he will do good as seen in the past when he has captained India in few tournaments like Nidahas trophy, where we have emerged champions.
“I can’t say Rohit should be made the captain. But if he is given (the opportunity), then he also can also prove something. Virat is more aggressive while Rohit is calm and composed. He leads with a cool head,” said Lad.
Earlier on Wednesday, former India opener Gautam Gambhir backed Rohit Sharma for India white-ball captaincy, saying the Mumbai Indians skipper stands out from the rest with his leadership skills. Gambhir clarified that he was not saying Virat Kohli is bad but suggested split-captaincy for Team India.
“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,” Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo.