Sunil Gavaskar: Of course, Rohit is underrated, the man has won five titles for Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma has guided his team to five titles in the IPL (Indian Premier League) while Sunil Gavaskar, a legendary in Indian cricket doesn’t feel Rohit gets the sort of credit that Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni does.
Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma has guided his team to five titles in the IPL (Indian Premier League). However, some believe he doesn’t receive the credit for his leadership that he should.
The cricketing community praised Rohit for giving uncapped pacer Akash Madhwal the chance to perform at this point as the young pacer guided MI to a critical victory over Luknow Super Giants in the Eliminator with a fifer. Sunil Gavaskar, a legendary in Indian cricket doesn’t feel Rohit gets the sort of credit that Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni does.
“Of course, he is underrated,”Gavaskar told India Today, reflecting on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.
“The man has won five titles for Mumbai Indians. Let me give you an example. Maddhwal got Ayush Badoni, bowling over the wicket. He then went round the wicket to the left-hander Nicholas Pooran. Not a lot of bowlers necessarily do that because if they get their rhythm going bowling over the wicket, they will stick to over the wicket even if it’s a left-hander. They will try to the ball away from the left-hander. But he went around the wicket and produced an absolute gem of a delivery and got the man out.”
The entire cricket community has praised Dhoni for this year’s discovery of Tushar Deshpande, another young talent. He has also been hailed for this year’s comebacks like Ajinkya Rahane and Shivam Dube.
Gavaskar believes that if Dhoni had been in charge when Madhwal put on such a show, the 41-year-old captain’s leadership would have been widely discussed. But that isn’t the case with Rohit.
“If that had been CSK and Dhoni was the captain. Everybody would have said ‘Dhoni plotted Nicholas Pooran’s dismissal. This is what happens to a great extent. There is also a little bit of hype, things sometimes work out,”Gavaskar added.
“The captaincy situation as well. Remember, Nehal Wadhera was used as an impact player batting first. Teams generally don’t use batters as Impact Players when they are batting first. But Rohit used Nehwal when MI was batting first against LSG. So please give him credit for that as well,”the batting legend further said.