Indian bowler Avesh Khan celebrates a wicket. (PTI)
Indian bowler Avesh Khan celebrates a wicket. (PTI)

Rohit Sharma’s illustrious stint with Mumbai Indians (MI) is a testament to his captaincy skills. He has led the outfit to a record five IPL titles to become the most successful captain in the history of the T20 league.

It was Rohit Sharma who advised Avesh Khan to slow down his pace after being pummeled by the West Indies during the recent T20I series.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Rohit Sharma Backed Avesh Khan After Failures And He Delivered MOM Performance: Parthiv Patel Praised MI Skipper

The Indian pacer said he got ‘enormous’ confidence from Rohit Sharma, who is known for backing his players to the hilt. His match-winning figures of 2/17 in four overs helped the Indian team seal the 20-over series in the fourth match.

Despite wearing the captain’s armband, the Indian remains a cool customer who gives his players the freedom to decide what they want to do. Former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has heaped praise on Rohit Sharma’s approach, explaining how he stands out from the rest.

“I have played under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy at Mumbai Indians and the one thing that stands out is how he backs players who aren’t performing. He is vocal about them even in public and in press conferences, as we saw with the case of Avesh Khan.

“Rohit backed him even after four failures and he delivered with a Man-of-the-Match performance,” said Parthiv on his YouTube channel.

Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel (Credits: Twitter)

“Rohit believes in taking instinctive decisions on the ground rather than pre-meditating them. When a crunch situation arises, he takes a call according to the situation and it is one of the main reasons why he has won five IPL trophies with Mumbai Indians. India have also won multi-national tournaments like the Asia Cup and Nidahas Trophy under Rohit’s captaincy,” he added.

Parthiv Patel has admitted that pacer Avesh Khan would be very pleased with his performance in the fourth T20I against West Indies, after being erratic in their previous two games. The former keeper-batter credited Indian captain Rohit Sharma for backing the Indian pacer and allowing him to complete his quota of four overs.

Before his impressive spell on Saturday, the pacer conceded 31 in 2.2 overs in the second T20I and 47 in three overs in the third. He had picked only 1 scalp in the first 2 T20Is and now has 3 scalps in 4 T20Is bowling 11.2 overs in the ongoing series where he conceded 115 runs at an average of 38.33. The pacer has 11 scalps in 13 T20Is averaging 31.81.

Parthiv Patel Praised Shikhar Dhawan’s Laid Back Style Of Captaincy

Parthiv Patel also heaped praise on Shikhar Dhawan, who led the team to ODI success in the West Indies. The left-handed opener had also captained a second-string Indian side during the Sri Lanka tour last year. Parthiv Patel said Shikhar Dhawan’s relaxed style as a leader instils confidence in fringe players.

“Shikhar Dhawan has a pretty laid-back style of captaincy where he doesn’t take too much pressure and keeps the team atmosphere light. He does back his players, but most importantly he also gives them space to execute their own plans.”

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Credits: Twitter)
“This is so important because captaining a team is difficult when the main players are rested. The fringe players need to be given confidence in executing their skills and Dhawan has done that really well,” said Parthiv.
BCCI recently left everyone shocked with their decision to replace Shikhar Dhawan with KL Rahul as the captain for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe. Shikhar Dhawan recently led India against West Indies and guided the team to a crushing 3-0 win over the hosts. He was also named as the captain of the second-string Indian side for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour.