The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Mumbai Indians (MI) coach Mahela Jayawardene reckons that Rohit Sharma’s success as a leader lies in the fact that India’s limited-overs deputy skipper gathers a lot of information about his opponents and his decisions are weighed carefully. The MI skipper is the most successful captain in the IPL with four titles to his name (5 as a player), with MS Dhoni of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) being second with three.
Rohit is not far behind when it comes to winning percentage as well. In 104 matches, he has led the franchise to 60 wins with a win percentage of 58.65. Talking about him, during a show on Sony Sports, Mahela Jayawardene said, “He (Rohit) is an instinctive leader for sure. But at the same time, Rohit gathers a lot of information as well, I think that’s his strength.”
Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene likes India’s white-ball vice-captain’s ability to gather information about opponents.
Jayawardene explained, “Ro (as he is referred by Mahela) does get a lot of information and he likes to know things. And he uses that out there in the middle. “That’s how he reacts and all that. Even though everyone thinks he is instinctively making those calls, but that information is there.”
Rohit’s inquisitive mind is also an indicator how much he thinks about the game.
Explaining the same, Jayawarnden said, “He comes and asks questions…sometimes you walk into the team room for us to do some analyzing and you see Rohit the analyst, just looking through certain stuff and all that….so like that he gets those little snippets from the guys, so he is prepared…”
Explaining it further, Mahela said, “So as long as you are prepared and you are instinctively making those calls and being proactive, that’s all that you can ask from him and Ro (hit) is brilliant in that,” said the Sri Lankan batting great.