Zaheer Khan explains what makes Rohit Sharma ‘standout’ as a captain in IPL
There is no doubt that Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The top-order batter has proved his mettle ever since he has been made the leader of Mumbai Indians (MI).
In a league that features iconic captains like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, Rohit has been able to collect the most number of IPL titles. The 34-year-old has lifted the coveted trophy as many as 6 times in his career, with 5 being a captain and 1 as a player.
Further, Rohit is also the third-highest run-getter in the cash-rich league. In 213 matches, he has scored 5611 runs at an average of 31.17, with the help of one hundred and 40 half-centuries. Rohit is also third in the list of maximum six hitters and first amongst Indians. The right-handed opener has smashed 227 sixes so far in the exciting T20 tournament.
But what really makes Rohit standout as a captain? Well, MI’s director of cricket Zaheer Khan has explained how Rohit has turned the game on its head over the years. Zaheer said that Rohit dedicates personal time to each player, and that’s what makes him a standout leader.
“Rohit is a player’s captain. He’s been phenomenal for Mumbai Indians over the years as a player and a leader. The fact that he dedicates personal time to each individual and is very approachable makes him a role model and a standout leader,” said Zaheer, as quoted by Sportstar.
“We have always been a team which promotes and gives freedom to youngsters. With Rohit’s experience and attitude, I believe we will have a lot of individuals who would be groomed as leaders in their own respective ways, ” he added.
Having last won the IPL title in 2020, MI would be keen to lift the trophy again this year. The five-time champions will start their campaign against Delhi Capitals (DC) on March 27 at the Brabourne Stadium.
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