Rohit Sharma has now cemented his place in the Indian Test team, till now he was featuring in the ODI and T/20, teams only. He is also the Vice-Captain in all three formats.
Rohits Captaincy skills have come in for praise from many players, specially after he has led Mumbai Indians successfully to Championship,wins Four times in the IPL.
Rohit Sharmas’ leadership style has often been seen as completely different from Skipper Virast Kohlis style. It has often been compared to that of MS Dhoni.
Harbhajan Singh is one of the few players to have played under MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma.(Chennai Super kings winners 3 times and Mumbai Indians ,winners 4 times.)
Both are two of the most successful Captains in the History of IPL. A major Chunk of the success of these teams is due to excellent leadership skills of their respective, Skippers. In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, Harbhajan said ” like Dhoni, Rohit gives lots of freedom to the bowlers and is always thinking of getting wickets. He does not interfere with your bowling if ask for an attacking field, he will give it.”
Suresh Raina, believes,Rohit’s innate calmness &abity to motivate his players stand out as leadership qualities .”He is bindaas and knows that whenever he goes out to bat he will generally make runs.So when this sort of confidence is there in the Captain,the rest of the team pick the same attitude.”
Raina observed that Rohit made many great moves in crunch situations for MI, he absorbed pressure and then applied it to the opposite team.
VVS Laxman was his teammate way back in 2009, when they played for Deccan Chargers.Rohit had a very successful season with DC,and he grew in stature with every match.
Laxman was impressed by Rohit, and said he became a leader in the Deccan Chargers team on the basis of his contribution with the bat, and reading of the game .” On each and every match with every success under crunch situations, his confidence level was growing and he was getting into the core group, helping youngsters, and voicing his opinion. Those were early signs of his leadership skills.”