With just 5 months remaining for the commencement of the T20 World Cup 2024, there is growing concern among fans about who will lead the Indian cricket team in the upcoming tournament. Considering the current circumstances, it seems that Hitman Rohit Sharma could be the ideal captain for India in the upcoming T20 World Cup. So Let’s explore the reasons why Rohit Sharma should be chosen to captain Team India.
Why Rohit Sharma Should Lead Team India in T20 World Cup?
Under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, the Indian cricket team delivered an outstanding performance during the challenging tour of South Africa, making history with their remarkable display. Even in the Cape Town Test, a venue where India had never won before, Team India secured their first victory under the leadership of Hitman.
In the series of 2 Test matches played between India and South Africa, the Indian team faced a humiliating defeat in the first match but bounced back strongly in the second encounter, securing a convincing seven-wicket victory on the challenging pitch at Cape Town. Prior to this series, under Rohit’s captaincy, Team India had put up an impressive performance in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, adding strength to the argument that he should lead Team India in the T20 World Cup 2024.
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Here, it is essential to remember that Rohit Sharma has not played any international matches in the T20 format since the T20 World Cup in 2022. The ‘Hitman’ played his last T20 International match in November 2022, in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup against England. In that match, the Indian team suffered a significant defeat, losing by a margin of 10 wickets. This match marked the last appearance for both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the T20 format.
After that time, the responsibility of leading the T20 team was entrusted to Hardik Pandya. However, approximately 14 months later, ‘Hitman’ has made a comeback. Upon his return, he has already started displaying the charisma of his captaincy.
This is why Rohit Sharma is the best option
There is no need to say much about Hitman Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. The performance of the Indian team under his leadership in the recently played 2023 World Cup was exceptionally impressive. The journey of Team India to the final in a spectacular manner was truly remarkable. Additionally, he is also the most successful captain in IPL history, where under his leadership, Mumbai Indians have claimed the trophy five times. During this period, he has won the final match twice with a margin of just 1 run, showcasing the level of his captaincy.
Under his captaincy, the Indian team recently secured a victory against South Africa in their own backyard at Cape Town Test. With this achievement, Rohit Sharma, as the captain, has registered several records in his name. ‘Hitman’ has become the sole Indian captain to win a Test match at Cape Town. Additionally, he is the second Indian captain to draw a series in South Africa.
Three Reasons Why Rohit Sharma Should Captain India
The first significant reason to appoint Rohit Sharma as the captain in the upcoming T20 World Cup is his sharp cricketing acumen on the field. As a captain, he excels in utilizing his bowlers in a much more effective manner. A good captain is one who can bring out the best performances from his players under his leadership, and this capability is indeed present in Hitman.
The second most significant reason to keep Rohit as the captain is his trust in his players. He alleviates the fear of defeat from the minds of his players and allows them the freedom to showcase their natural game. This enables the players in the team to deliver their best performances. This was evident in the World Cup 2023, where, before the final, almost every player in Team India exhibited a powerful performance in each match.
The third major reason to continue with Hitman as the captain is his strong bonding with his teammates and head coach Rahul Dravid. This creates a positive atmosphere within the team, allowing all players the freedom to perform their best without any worry.
Despite facing defeat in the World Test Championship last year, Rohit Sharma learned from the experience and led India to victory in the Asia Cup 2023. Having imbibed lessons from the World Cup final loss, he has the potential to make India the champions in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Currently, no other player seems to be vying for the captaincy apart from him. Many people believe that Hardik Pandya is a better option for captaincy. However, his injury-prone nature could pose challenges for the team.
For this reason, handing over the team’s command to Hardik Pandya might not be feasible
It is undeniable that Hardik Pandya is not only one of the best all-rounders in Indian cricket but also globally. However, it is also true that due to his injury-prone nature, he has often been sidelined from the team. This could pose significant challenges for the team, especially if he unexpectedly gets injured during tournaments like the World Cup. Currently, he is already out due to an injury. Swiftly returning from an injury might lead to a hasty decision in appointing him as the captain. Moreover, many cricket experts also believe that instead of Hardik, Rohit Sharma should be given the captaincy in the T20 World Cup 2024.
The upcoming T20 World Cup is set to begin from June 1, with the first match featuring the American team against Canada. Meanwhile, Team India will play their first match on June 5 against Ireland. Now, it remains to be seen what decision the management ultimately takes.