Rohit Sharma, the Man with the Midas touch and Lady luck

Opinion Saturday 29/January/2022 18:13 PM
By: Anis Sajan, Vice Chairman, Danube group
Rohit Sharma, the Man with the Midas touch and Lady luck

Will Rohit Sharma the new white ball captain change team India's fortune? That's the question on every fans mind after India’s Dismal show in South Africa where India were white washed 3/0 in the recently concluded ODIs where KL Rahul has lead the team.

Rohit Sharma has captained India in 10 ODIs so far and won eight and lost two and most importantly India had won the Asia Cup which happened in United Arab Emirates where India beat teams like Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

His record in T20s for Mumbai Indians Franchise in the IPL is second to none where he has captained the Mumbai Indians Franchise in 153 games winning 96 and loosing 57 and having win percentage of 62.75 which is very good keeping in mind the high level of intensity and competition in the number one franchise cricket in the World. He took over as Captain of Mumbai Indians in 2013 and captured Gold in the very first year and has so far won five IPL titles for his franchise which is one better than Chennai Super Kings lead by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He has captained team India in 19 T20s winning 15 of them and has the Midas touch and also lady luck with him. In the Nidhas trophy in 2018 in Sri Lanka against Bangladesh, India were down and out and needed 33 of last two overs. In came Dinesh Kartik and hit 35 runs and won the game for team India from a losing position. Similarly, in the Asia Cup in Dubai, Bangladesh had their game in the pocket and India were struggling and with Kedar Jadav scored 23 runs of 27 balls on one leg to steer India to a thrilling win on the last ball.

But now captaining India after the Virat Kohli drama which happened with the board, there will be lot of pressure on Rohit Sharma as the expectations of the fans will be very high. Rohit Sharma has scored 9205 runs in 227 ODIs with 29 hundred which includes three double hundreds at an average of just below 50 and in T20s Rohit Sharma is the second highest scorer for team India with 3197 and has four hundred which is a record. Rohit Sharma has got the calmness and the Midas touch, can he replicate it that for team India by winning the T20 World Cup in Australia, only time will tell, but his real test begins with the West Indies series starting in eight day’s time. He has his work cut out and will have to ensure he keeps his hamstring fit to lead India all the way.