Former Pakistan opener Salman Butt has applauded Rohit Sharma’s captaincy after Team India convincingly defeated West Indies on Wednesday. With a 44-run victory in the second ODI of the three-match ODI series, India have won the series too.
Speaking on his official YouTube channel, Butt opined on how Sharma took an aggressive approach to defend a below-par total of 237. He said: “Rohit Sharma’s field placing was on point. It’s good to see the attacking approach and those bowling changes. He was on top of his game as captain today. Low-scoring games test you tactically,”
He also reckons that while ex-India captain Virat Kohli does not have an ICC trophy to his name, he has an excellent captaincy record to his name. After Kohli’s exit as captain, he believes Rohit Sharma is the ideal candidate for the important role.
He added: “If we are highly critical of Virat Kohli’s captaincy, then India have not won any ICC trophy under him. But his win percentage is still good. Rohit as captain is tactically very sound and has proved that in the IPL. He qualifies for the role of captain, but I wouldn’t say Kohli was not a good skipper.”
However. Team India could only manage to register a target of 238 in the second ODI while batting first. Suryakumar Yadav has also scored an impressive 64 runs in 83 balls. Salman Butt was impressed with how he steadied the ship after a few early wickets as well. Butt also added that Suryakumar Yadav did a great job with the bat after top order batters Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli failed to contribute much. He stated that the batter played with great maturity to deliver under pressure situations.
“The important thing is that the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant got out cheaply, but Suryakumar Yadav once again delivered under pressure. It is a sign of a mature player who has a sound temperament,” Salman Butt concluded.