IPL 2020: Rohit Sharma Calls Himself The Least Important Player As A Captain: The 4 Time IPL Winning Captain Shares His Thoughts
Rohit Sharma has got only limited opportunities to lead team India. And whatever limited opportunities he got produced excellent results. Most of games he has captained when premier players are rested yet he delivers with results. He is vastly applauded for his captaincy skills Suresh Raina even went on to say Rohit Captaincy is similar to MS Dhoni. Though for Team India he got limited opportunity as a captain but he is no stranger to the job when it comes to IPL. He is the most successful captain of IPL with 4 title wins while legendary MSD has 3 title wins. His record speaks volume for his captaincy ability.
In an exclusive interview with PTI Rohit Sharma shared his thought and even went on to call himself as the least important person.
On His Captaincy Ideology
“I believe in a theory that when you are captain, you are the least important person. Others become more important in the larger scheme of things. It works differently for different leaders but as far as I am concerned, this theory works for me” Said Rohit
On asking how he maintains his cool in tough situations.
“Not showing anger is not a conscious effort,” he laughs.
“That’s a natural instinct that you have and you don’t try and be someone that you are not. Try and be yourself all the time,” he said.
“You do get angry, lose temper at times but it’s important not to show it to your teammates. Hiding your emotions is the most crucial part.”
On the perpetration of upcoming IPL 13
On the perpetration of upcoming IPL 13 which will start from September 19, Indian vice captain said there is enough time in hand.
“We have lot of time in our hands…I will be taking it slow. Luckily, I don’t think there is any rush that I need to show. We have enough time. I will work on getting back to the ground slowly because the temperature in Dubai is 40 degrees. It’s not easy,” he said.
“It’s the longest gap that I have ever had in my career without holding a bat. It will be a bit challenging. Unless I play, I will not know where I am and how I feel but body is completely fine. I feel physically more strong than ever because of the last four months,” Rohit said.
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Rohit Sharma on IPL being held in UAE
“It’s a good environment to be in. It’s challenging but I love challenges and I want an environment like this. My mind has been relaxed for last five months…,” he said.
“…Your planning changes a lot. Pitches in Dubai are a bit on the slower side. The pitches are not so different from India but yes overhead conditions will be a big factor as you are not always used to playing in 40 degrees which can be a bit of a challenge,” he explained.
“As much as we sit and plan things here, it could completely change once we are there and check out the conditions and then think about ideal combinations,” he felt.
Rohit Sharma On Handling Youngster In Team
“You need to give confidence to the younger players, some of them haven’t played the IPL before, don’t have international exposure. I need to make sure they are in the best zone, not pressurised by the moment and get those little performances from everyone,” he said.
“When I was a 20-year-old, trust me I never liked comparisons. Know one thing, you should never pit two young guys against each other. They don’t feel good about it.
“It’s important that everyone is treated the same and then it’s purely up to them as to what they do with their careers and how they take it forward,” the easygoing batsman, who has nearly 14,000 international runs, said.
On Life During Lockdown
“I probably understood the importance of family more than ever before. Through the year, through your playing career, they sacrifice so much for you, you are home for a short time and always on the road,” he said.
“It was icing on the cake because my daughter (Samaira) is just growing up. It’s these years of her life that I don’t want to miss. The first step that she takes, the first words spoken.
“Spending so much time with her, playing with her, putting her to sleep, it was pure joy,” he concluded