Rohit Sharma Is A Better Captain Than Virat Kohli And A Natural Leader, Says Salman Butt

Rohit Sharma Is A Better Captain Than Virat Kohli And A Natural Leader, Says Salman Butt

India-West Indies, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma © BCCI
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma © BCCI

Salman Butt, a former tainted Pakistan batsman was of the opinion that, according to him, Rohit Sharma is a better captain and a natural leader, while reacting to Virat Kohli’s inability to win ICC titles as captain.

Questions are being obviously raised about Virat Kohli’s captaincy after India’s loss in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand recently. The 32-year-old is yet to win an ICC title as skipper. With him at the helm, India earlier lost the 2017 Champions Trophy final and the 2019 World Cup semi-final.

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

Salman Butt Feels Rohit Sharma Is A Better Captain Than Virat Kohli

Salman Butt, in an interaction on his YouTube channel, stated that since Virat Kohli doesn’t have a major ICC trophy under his belt people obviously are going to question his captaincy credentials.

“Personally, I feel Rohit Sharma is a better captain (than Virat Kohli). I had observed his captaincy in depth during the Asia Cup (2018). The way he operated as stand-in captain, he looked very natural. Coming back to Virat Kohli, India were on top for five years but sadly couldn’t win the biggest match of all, so people are bound to raise questions.”

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Twitter

According to Salman Butt, cricket history will only remember captains who have won major titles. He admitted that the luck factor also matters a bit, which hasn’t gone Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s way, indirectly pointing out to the no-ball in the 2017 Champions Trophy final.

“You can be a very good captain but if you don’t win any title, masses won’t remember you. May be you are a good captain and have good plans but your bowler may not be able to execute it. So luck has to be on your side as well. People only remember those who win tournaments.”

“Sometimes you may not be a great captain but your team may be very good and you may end up winning a major title. So that does not define a captain but for the world, of course, a good captain is one who has won big events.”

Recalling the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Salman Butt highlighted the Jasprit Bumrah no-ball which allowed Fakhar Zaman a reprieve as he spoke of luck playing a part in the outcome at times.

Salman Butt Believes Captains Should Be Subtle And Not Fiery Unlike Virat Kohli Who Is A Man Full Of Gestures

The former Pakistan skipper stated while analyzing Virat Kohli’s captaincy, that while he is a cricketer committed to the cause of winning, his over-aggression in the field can be misinterpreted, especially when India doesn’t win. He also felt that calm captains have a better chance of winning.

“Virat Kohli has not won any ICC title neither has he won the IPL. He is a top-class cricketer, has excellent body language and is aggressive. His energy level is at a different level, and it is evident that he wants to give his best every time he steps out in the middle. But captains should be subtle and not fiery. “

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

” We kept hearing during the WTC final, that it is a battle between fire (Virat Kohli) and ice (Kane Williamson). Most top-class captains who have won titles were cool or gesture-less at crunch moments. Virat Kohli is a man full of gestures. Had he won, he would have been praised no end. But…”

Virat Kohli scored 57 runs across two innings in the WTC final as India went down to New Zealand by eight wickets. His next assignment will be the five-match Test series against England, starting in Nottingham from August 4.
Rohit Sharma captained India in 10 ODIs. India won 8 and lost 2 of those ODIs. In 19 T20Is which he led, India lost 4 and won the remaining 15 T20Is. While Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians as the most successful franchise winning 5 titles under him, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore is yet to win a title despite finishing in the playoffs several times
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