Brad Haddin compares Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s captaincy
By SMCS - Mar 16, 2024 8:34 am
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Former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin recently opened up on the comparisons between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. However, Haddin pointed out how Kohli instilled ruthlessness in the team as well. He also shared how fitness was prioritized and the improvement was there in the fielding standard.

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Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli

Speaking on the LiSTNER podcast, Haddin said: “I thought Virat changed the way India prepared for their cricket. They became really ready. He held his play group to a high standard and he’s one of those captains who said I’m not going to get you to do anything that I’m not doing myself. You’ve seen the athleticism in the Indian cricket team change, and their mentality towards it. They were feeling energetic – their fitness and they dived when Kohli took over. And when they were up for the contest against Australia, he didn’t back down. He changed the modern game a lot in India and how India played.”

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However, after taking over the captaincy reins from MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli added several notable changes within the team. Making the YoYo test mandatory and playing with an aggressive approach were some of the things he added. Meanwhile, Kohli helped India stage a fantastic turnaround in Test cricket, especially in away tours as well.

Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli engaged in a mix-up

On the other hand, Rohit Sharma has tasted success in the captaincy role for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), winning five titles. The veteran praised Sharma’s tactical ability, suggesting that he is capable of doing well in away conditions as well.

“But on the other hand, Rohit Sharma is as good a captain tactically that you’ll see. He’s had a lot of success in the IPL. He’s captained there since Ricky Ponting left, and that would have been over 10 years. The players play for him and tactically, he’s as good as you’ll get in India and non subcontinent conditions,” Brad Haddin concluded.