Rohit Sharma is back in action as he now is the full-time leader of the Men In Blue in the limited-overs format. In the 1st ODI versus Windies in Ahmedabad, Sharma scored a smashing fifty carrying his bat through in a comfortable chase. The 5 times IPL winning skipper thus has made a great start as a captain in international cricket. However, the big question remains, Will Sharma, be the next red-ball captain as well?
Ponting backs Sharma
After Kohli stepped down as the Test captain, there has been a lot of talk about his successor. While few suggest names like Rahul and Pant, Rohit turns out to be the frontrunner. Sharma’s experience and captaincy acumen are not unknown to anyone. But his fitness issues do go against him. In his latest press conference, the veteran cricketer said that his primary focus remains on ODIs and T20Is.
“There’s time for that. My focus is on limited overs cricket. Workload management is important. I am not thinking too far ahead.”
Australian legend Ricky Ponting feels that Rohit Sharma deserves to lead India across all formats. One must recall, that Sharma had taken over leadership duties from Ponting in IPL 2013 and went on to be the league’s most celebrated skipper.
“I think the proof is in the pudding with what he has done at the Mumbai Indians since that moment on. He has been a very successful leader there and has been when he has led India on a few occasions as well. If I go back to what I said at the start about being on top of your game when you take over a captaincy role, then it is pretty hard to argue after what he has done with his Test cricket in the last 2-3 years. He has played as well as anybody in the world through that period of time, and we know how good he is as a white-ball player,” Ponting stated in the ICC website.
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