“He is underrated,” Sunil Gavaskar feels Rohit Sharma doesn’t get credit for his captaincy tactics unlike MS Dhoni
Ahead of MI's match against Gujarat Titans in the second Qualifier, Gavaskar lauded Rohit's captaincy in the knockout match.
Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Sunil Gavaskar (Images via Twitter)
The legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels Rohit Sharma‘s captaincy is underrated despite his leading the Mumbai Indians (MI) to five trophies in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gavaskar compared Rohit’s captaincy to that of MS Dhoni to point out that for certain strategies, the credit, instead of the player, would have gone to Dhoni’s tactics, which is not that much a case when Rohit is captaining. Ahead of MI’s match against Gujarat Titans in the second Qualifier, Gavaskar lauded Rohit’s captaincy in the knockout match against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) where Akash Madhwal became the hero of the night for the Mumbai-based team with his 5/5 in 3.3 overs and one of his victims was Nicholas Pooran.
“Of course, he is underrated. The man has won five titles for Mumbai Indians. Let me give you an example. Madhwal got Ayush Badoni, bowling over the wicket. He then went round the wicket to the left-hander Nicholas Pooran,” Gavaskar said while speaking to India Today.
Gavaskar then added that not a lot of bowlers would do that because once they get the rhythm of bowling over the wicket, they will continue doing that even while bowling to a left-hander. He lauded Madhwal’s strategy of going around the wicket to produce an “absolute gem of a delivery” to dismiss the West Indian.
Gavaskar pointed out that had MS Dhoni been the captain, most of the credit would have gone to him for plotting Pooran’s dismissal. “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,” the 1983 World Cup winner added.
MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma share nine IPL trophies between them as captains
Both Rohit and Dhoni are the most successful IPL captains. Dhoni has led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to a record-extending 10 IPL finals and are only behind Rohit Sharma in terms of the trophy count, collecting four of them.
MI lifted their first trophy in 2013 by beating CSK, followed by their successful campaigns in 2015 (again defeated CSK), 2017 (vs Rising Pune Supergiants), 2019 (vs CSK), and 2020 (vs Delhi Capitals). On the other hand, CSK won their first title in 2010 (vs MI), 2011 (vs Royal Challengers Bangalore), 2018 (vs Sunrisers Hyderabad), and 2021 (vs Kolkata Knight Riders).
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