Sunil Gavaskar impressed with Rohit Sharma’s captaincy acumen

Rohit Sharma, India’s skipper for the Asia Cup 2018, has been lauded for his captaincy by former India opening batsman and captain Sunil Gavaskar.

Sharma was named captain for the ongoing tournament after India’s selectors decided to  rest Virat Kohli with an eye on the two-Test series against the Windies in October, which will  be followed by a tour of Australia.

Sharma has seen India to victories in all their three matches in the Asia Cup so far,  including a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Pakistan, an ICC report on  Crucially, captaincy hasn’t affected his form – he has two half-centuries in three matches,  including an unbeaten 83 against Bangladesh.

Gavaskar said Sharma’s captaincy had always impressed him, right from when he first  led Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. “The first time he led Mumbai Indians  to an IPL win, that was his first season as a captain and he impressed straight away with  his knowledge of what to do next more than what to plan,” said Gavaskar.

In his previous outings as India captain, Sharma led India to 2-1 and 3-0 victories over  Sri Lanka in one-day internationals and Twenty20 Internationals in December, and followed  it up with victory in the Nidahas (T20) Trophy against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in March.

“Every time he has got an opportunity to captain India, he has shown his acumen,” said  Gavaskar. “He has shown how patient he can be, and then as a batsman, the addedresponsibility  only makes him better,” he said.

Gavaskar was also impressed with Ravindra Jadeja after the left-arm spinner marked his  ODI comeback with figures of 4/29 against Bangladesh on Friday 22  “I think Ravindra Jadeja merits his place because I believe he is a better bowler, batsman, and fielder (than Axar Patel, who Jadeja replaced),” said Gavaskar.

 

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