NEW DELHI, Nov. 11 (Reuters) – India is set to adopt captain’s division and hand Rohit Sharma in charge of their T20 squad, several former cricketers said after the opener drove the Mumbai Indians to a fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) title on Tuesday.
Virat Kohli leads India in all formats, while Rohit typically replaces him in limited number cricket.
Rohit dominated with a fluent 68 as Mumbai crushed the Delhi Capitals in the final to solidify their position as the most successful team in the IPL.
Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have yet to win an IPL title in 13 seasons, have been eliminated in the playoffs.
“If Rohit Sharma does not become captain of India, it is their defeat, not that of Rohit,” former test opener Gautam Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo.
“Rohit has won five IPL titles, he is the most successful captain in tournament history.
“It would be a shame if he didn’t become white ball captain after that. Because there is nothing more Rohit Sharma can do.”
Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles, said Rohit was a significantly better captain than Kohli in those formats.
“Why can’t you have divided the captaincy? That’s not a bad idea.”
“I’m not suggesting Kohli is a very bad captain, but both have the same platform and you can judge who’s better. For me Rohit Sharma stands out as a leader.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan felt that delegating Captain T20 to Rohit would help reduce Kohli’s workload.
“I honestly believe the Indian team will be better off in Twenty20 cricket led by Rohit Sharma,” Vaughan said on the Cricbuzz website, citing examples of captaincy in England and Australia.
“Virat Kohli is superhuman. Giving one aspect of his captain’s job will set him free to be the leader of the 50 overs and the leader of the test match.”
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag also described Rohit as “the format’s best captain” on Twitter.