Former England captain Michael Vaughan applauded Indian captain Rohit Sharma for his stunning dynamic with Virat Kohli and for managing all the other facets to perfection as a leader. However, Team India have been in sublime form through the 2023 World Cup, winning all 10 games and advancing to the final without a sweat. Led by Rohit Sharma, the Indian team will take on Australia in the finale.
In his column for Telegraph Cricket, Vaughan wrote, “The dynamic with Kohli is remarkable. Kohli was captain for such a long time, and the most famous player in the game. Someone at the BCCI then knocked on his door to say that he wouldn’t be the captain anymore. For Rohit to take that on and manage all the different facets so well, is superb.”
The veteran also lauded Rohit Sharma’s leadership when Team India faced their first hurdle of the tournament in the semi-final against New Zealand as well. Sharma has been in sublime form with the bat, smashing 550 runs which came at an average of 55 and a strike rate of 124.15 as well.
“In the semi-final, India just had their first little wobble in the field. They had not fielded that well and the bowling wasn’t quite on, giving away too many extras. Rohit brought the team together at drinks, and they turned it around. I have no idea what he said, but it worked,” Vaughan added.
“India would be worthy World Cup winners if they could get over the line, but it’s not been a great tournament overall. There have just not been many close games. There have probably been four genuinely close games? In a 48-match tournament, that’s not enough. We’ve seen special moments, whether that’s Glenn Maxwell’s fastest World Cup hundred, his double-hundred, or Kohli’s 50th century, but there just hasn’t been that competitive edge of close games,” concluded Michael Vaughan.