Ever since Rohit Sharma won his fifth IPL title with the Mumbai Indians last month, there have been many who have said that it was time for the reigns of India’s T20 team to be given to the India batsman.
On Wednesday, after retiring from all forms of international cricket after a glorious 18-year run, India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel also joined in the debate.
Parthiv Patel said that there was no harm in giving the captaincy of one format to Rohit Sharma and said that if he is fit to play, then it was time for Rohit Sharma to be made the captain of the shortest format ahead of the T20 World Cup next year.
“Rohit Sharma has shown us how to build a team. He has shown us how to win a tournament. I think there is no harm in giving him the captaincy in one format. This will also relieve Virat Kohli of some pressure,” Parthiv Patel said on Sports Tak.
“With him (Rohit) winning so many tournaments, it will be interesting to see how he takes decisions under pressure. Mumbai Indians does not have a settled team every season, but Rohit Sharma has shown that he knows how to build players and show results.
“According to me for the T20 World Cup, if Rohit Sharma is fit to play, he should be given the captaincy ahead of the tournament,” the Gujarat batsman added.
Debate is happening because India has other options, says Parthiv
Parthiv also joined in the debate over the captaincy of Virat Kohli and said that the comparisons were there because India has other options that it can go with. He added that the IPL has shown there there are other options for India that can be taken as and when the need for them arises.
“The debate should not create a rivalry between the two (Rohit and Virat), but the reason we are discussing this question is that India has options (in captaincy). If there were no options then there would be no comparisons. The IPL has given a platform to both the players and therefore the comparison between their captaincies will be there,” he added.