Captaincy is undoubtedly the most integral aspect in cricket. A team’s success is often defined by the abilities of the skipper. Without the guidance of a proper captain no team achieves success. Leave alone success, it becomes exceedingly tedious for a side to even pose a competition if they are being lead by an incompetent leader. As a consequence, it is vital to have that individual as the captain who is willing to give it his all as the leader.
Fortunately, there is no such worry for Indian cricket fans. The Indian side has often been blessed with some exceptional leaders who have transformed the side positively. MS Dhoni as the leader has simply revolutionized the outlook and prospect of Indian cricket. The Indian team has achieved unparalleled success under the inspiring leadership of Dhoni. Nonetheless, with days passing, Dhoni too has started looking off-colour. His captaincy, like his batting seems to be lacking his old zealous approach. The Jharkhand lad is well in the Twilight of his career. It will be a miracle if he manages to lead the side in the 2019 World Cup.
Considering the next World Cup, it becomes imperative for the side to groom the future captain. The process of grooming Virat Kohli has already commenced and the Delhi dasher is India’s Test captain. Kohli has led India in 17 ODIs, all when Dhoni was rested. In the 17 ODIs, his trophy tally includes whitewashes of Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. There could be absolutely no better start to Kohli’s reign as India’s next captain.
Another candidate, who has slowly but steadily impressed the BCCI is Rohit Sharma. The IPL was a perfect platform for Sharma to display his captaincy skills. Fair to assert, the Mumbai batsman has not disappointed one bit. In three seasons, Sharma has two IPL titles to his name. A Champions League T20 win shouldn’t be forgotten as well.
In the recently concluded IPL, Sharma’s positive captaincy was a pleasing sight for everyone. He attacked smartly and utilized his resources efficiently. Sharma was extremely proactive as the captain and led with the desire to win and succeed. Rohit surely deserves the due credit for that. But then, there have been rumours doing the rounds that Sharma too deserves a shot at the national captaincy. Now that is something which surely isn’t appropriate.
It must be understood that the IPL and the international arena are poles apart. In the IPL, Sharma has access to world class bowlers and experienced campaigners who always lend support to him. But within the Indian team, there might be no such thing available. To make things absolutely clear, consider the following instance. Sharma while leading the Mumbai Indians has to defend a certain total within the last few overs. But then, he has the presence of Lasith Malinga with him, and this surely eases Sharma from the pressure. On the other hand, in India the bowlers might not be as skilful as Malinga. Then it will be Sharma, who will have to face the heat. People must understand that judging the captaincy of a player through the IPL is not an ideal thing to do. The captains in the IPL have access to resources which won’t be available when they lead their national sides.
Another reason which makes Kohli as the ultimate choice is that he has already achieved success as the skipper. When he is the skipper of the side, Kohli averages a staggering 70.83 with the bat in ODIs and already has 4 tons to his name in 14 innings. It can be clearly made out that the responsibility of leading the side motivates Kohli to do well and excel. There are some individuals who simply thrive when given the added responsibility of leading the side. Kohli surely is one of those individuals. In the test matches as well, under Kohli, the team looked like a pack of lions. They almost got the better of Australia in Adelaide, before a batting collapse ruined things.
Kohli also has enough experience to take over as the skipper. Kohli has an Under 19 World Cup to his name as well and this shouldn’t be ignored. Another factor which contradicts the theory to make Sharma the future captain is that Rohit himself isn’t a guaranteed a start in the Test XI. Sharma has batted in various psoition from 3 to 6 and has been in and out of the Test side. Sharma played just one Test in England, while he was constantly through the batting order in Australia. The strata supporting Sharma as the future captain should understand that Sharma should first confirm his berth in the playing XI in tests.
It is a no- brainer that once Dhoni calls it a day; it will be none other than Kohli who will take over as the captain of the Indian side. Rohit Sharma surely has the potential to excel, but he will have to wait without a doubt.