Out of numerous achievement held by charismatic Virat Kohli his record as Test captain of India is certainly the pinnacle of all the laurels he has accomplished in his cricket career till date will not be a lie.
With Kohli deciding to step down from India’s test captaincy came as a shocker to all ardent cricket fans who are still finding hard to come to terms will India as Test cricket playing team will remain the same as the aura Kohli brought in as leader in the longest format of the game is second to none he taught Indian players to give it back to opponents irrespective of where they played.
This rarest quality of him makes him as one of the greatest red ball leader of all time with 40 victories under his belt.
Several names have been popped in by different cricket experts in form of Kl Rahul, Pant and Bumrah who can lead India in red ball cricket for future and the latest name to join the bandwagon is none other than Ricky Ponting who suggested name of Rohit Sharma to lead India in all format as he is currently white ball captain and added that the latter has outstanding quality as leader in his record speaks a volume about that with this point he was hinting towards Sharma’s record of winning five IPL titles till date as leader of Mumbai Indians.
“I was at Mumbai Indians when Rohit Sharma took over the captaincy there. I was bought in the auction to be their captain and unfortunately, I wasn’t playing well enough after the first few games to keep myself in the team, so I had to make room for another international player to come into the side,” the ICC website quoted Ponting as saying.
“The owners and the team management wanted to know who I thought would be the appropriate person to take over the leadership at the Mumbai Indians. There were a few names thrown around between owners and the other coaches but it was really clear to me that there was only one guy that could lead the team – he was a young guy and his name happened to be Rohit Sharma,” he added.
“I think the proof is in the pudding with what he has done for the Mumbai Indians from that moment on,” asserted Ponting.
Sharma as leader will be facing massive challenge of leading India towards winning ICC trophies considering his track record in IPL and management decision of making him white ball captain clearly indicates that they want Rohit to deliver as captain to win marquee event in coming years which Men in Blue have failed to do since winning 2013 Champions trophy which they won under the leadership of MS Dhoni.