Ajit Agarkar comments on Rohit Sharma’s style of captaincy
By SMCS - Feb 1, 2022 11:55 am
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Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar has said that Rohit Sharma might be a slightly more laidback captain when compared to former India captain Virat Kohli. However, Agarkar believes Rohit’s leadership qualities are evident. Sharma, who missed the entire series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury, will return in the upcoming limited-overs series against the West Indies at home. This will be the first time he will lead Team India in an ODI series as a full-time limited-overs captain as well.

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During a discussion on the Star Sports show Game Plan, Ajit Agarkar was asked about Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. He responded: “Whatever we have seen of him, he will definitely be slightly laidback than Virat Kohli. But we have seen his leadership qualities, not just in franchise cricket. He has reached a stage of his career where he is extremely experienced, played a lot of matches in international cricket, so he has the experience of that.”

He also highlighted that Rohit Sharma will have a different responsibility as a full-time captain.

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Ajit Agarkar explained: “Generally, there is a feel for the game required for a captain, it seems he has that. The responsibility will be different now because when you are a stand-in captain, you are there for a series or few matches but here you have to prepare a team for the next World Cup – whether it is T20 or 50-over.”

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However, Team India have not won an ICC title for more than eight years. And, Rohit will hope to lead the team in the T20 and ODI World Cups to be held in 2022 and 2023 respectively as well.

Ajit Agarkar said: “I believe his [Rohit’s] biggest challenge will be to remain fit. We have seen of late that he has got a few injuries. The captains who were there before him – Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni – their strength was that both were extremely fit and they missed matches very few times in their careers.”

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“So that will be a challenge because when you play all the games, it will be easier for you to build the team. You will be able to see closely how each player reacts in a given situation. So that will be the key for him because he has the leadership qualities and we have seen that as well,” Ajit Agarkar concluded.