Parthiv Patel has praised all-format India captain Rohit Sharma, saying the latter always makes instinctive decisions on the pitch rather than premeditating them. Parthiv also remarked that Rohit tends to be supportive of players and his skills helped him become a successful captain.
Rohit Sharma has three stern tests ahead of him as India captain over the next 14 months. First there will be Asian Cup, starting August 27 in the United Arab Emirates where India will seek to retain the prestigious title. After that, the T20 World Cup, which will be played in Australia from October 23, will knock on the doors. India had a terrible T20 World Cup campaign last year and Rohit will have the responsibility to turn the tide. Then the biggest of all will be during the October-November window next year, when India host the ODI World Cup.
Ahead of key events, Parthiv Patel backed Rohit for doing well in all three competitions due to his ability to put his weight on players when they are going through bad times. Parthiv highlighted how Avesh performed poorly in the early games in the West Indies before returning to his best in the final game of the tour. The former Indian cricketer turned pundit added that Rohit did the same for Bombay Indians (MI) as well and that is why they are the most successful IPL franchise.
“I played under Rohit Sharma at Mumbai Indians and what stands out is how he supports players who are not performing well. He even talks about it in public and at press conferences like we saw it with the case of Avesh. Khan. Rohit backed him up even after four failures and he delivered a man of the match performance,” Parthiv said on his YouTube channel.
“Rohit believes in making instinctive decisions on the pitch rather than pre-meditating them. When a critical situation arises, he takes a call based on the situation and that’s one of the main reasons why he won five IPL trophies with Mumbai Indians. India also won multinational tournaments like Asian Cup and Nidahas Trophy under Rohit’s leadership.”
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