Rohit Sharma: As A Captain I Am The Least Important Member Of The Mumbai Indians Squad

Rohit Sharma: As A Captain I Am The Least Important Member Of The Mumbai Indians Squad

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Rohit Sharma. Credits: IPL/BCCI.

Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians captain who won 4 IPL titles calls himself  a captain as the least important player in the team. A leader is someone who keeps his teammates up and forward and knows how to use everyone to their best and Rohit Sharma is a good example of a leader. He calls himself ‘the least important person’ in a Mumbai Indians side which won 4 Indian Premier League titles under his captaincy.

Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in IPL’s history, all under the virtuous leadership of Rohit Sharma. They first won the IPL title in 2013 and then again in 2015. They once again won it in 2017 and the Mumbai Indians became the first team to win four IPL titles in 2019.

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Mumbai Indians (Credits: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma Reveals The Secret Behind Mumbai Indians’ Squad

Sharma thinks the secret behind his success with the team is the theory that the captain is the least important person in the team.

“I believe in a theory that when you are captain, you are the least important person,”Rohit Sharma told PTI. “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,” Rohit added.

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Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni with the IPL trophy (Image Credit: BCCI.)

Rohit’s ability to stay calm under pressure has been compared to MS Dhoni. Recently, Suresh Raina said Rohit is the next Dhoni, to which Rohit brushed off the comparisons saying no one can be like Dhoni.

“Not showing anger is not a conscious effort. 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,” Sharma further said.

Rohit Sharma Is Working On His Fitness

The Mumbai Indians skipper believes that there is still enough time to be ready for the IPL and he would slowly enhance his physique and stamina during the next month

“Hopefully, the gym will open this week and I can start my indoor (strength training) sessions. Right now, due to Mumbai monsoons, you can’t train outdoor. I am planning to write a letter to MCA (on using indoor facilities),” he said.

Coming back after so long to play will be challenging and Rohit Sharma accepts the fact, but he’s calm and composed about it.

“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.

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Rohit Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“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.

He also told about his constant contact with the Mumbai Indians strategists, discussing the details of the challenge ahead in the UAE, where the IPL will be held in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.


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