Home > Features >

Rohit Sharma would make a better captain than Virat Kohli

Rohit Sharma would make a better captain than Virat Kohli

Rohit Sharma (left) is usually calm under pressure when compared to Virat Kohli, who seems a little too agitated as captain © AFP

By Sumit Chakraberty

Mahendra Singh Dhoni would never have allowed the West Indies to win from 211 for eight. For no nine, 10 and Jack — Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine and Tino Best — to knock off the 19 runs required for victory was just not on. It was a sluggish Kingston Jamaica wicket where regular batsmen have struggled to get going in both the matches of the One-Day International (ODI) tri-series so far. There was appreciable turn on offer too, so the West Indies can count themselves lucky that their tailenders were not put under more pressure.

The mistake India made was the under-utilisation of Suresh Raina. He has always been hard to get away on a wicket where his off-spin grips and turns. He is an intelligent bowler and played a key role in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in England just the other day. For stand-in skipper Virat Kohli to have used him for just two overs made no sense at all. He brought him on only in the 42nd over. Raina struck in his second over with the wicket of Sunil Narine. Then, inexplicably, Raina was taken off, even though he had given only four runs and taken a wicket in his two overs. Kohli turned instead to Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to get the last West Indian wicket. But Roach and Best had no problems knocking the pace bowlers about for the 10 remaining runs to reach their target.

It’s spin the West Indies tail would have found harder to negotiate — pace is something they get enough exposure to on their domestic circuit. It was a mistake firstly not to have introduced Raina into the attack earlier on that wicket, and kept a few overs in reserve from the main spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for the death — that’s what Dhoni had done in the Champions Trophy final. But even at the end, after Ashwin and Jadeja had been bowled out, if Kohli had let Raina continue, following his dismissal of Narine, India might still have pulled it off.

Kohli looks a little too agitated as a captain, quite the opposite of Dhoni. Nothing wrong with a little aggro, provided it’s effective. But Kohli seems to put his own team members on edge instead of helping them relax under pressure. Long-winded confabulations too did not help in the end game. He has had a similar showing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 too, where he failed to take a strong Bangalore team into the play-offs.

The person who could emulate “Captain Cool” is Rohit Sharma. He was a revelation as captain of Mumbai Indians in the IPL after a canny Ricky Ponting handed over the reins to him. He was both tactically sound and calm under pressure, and even got the better of Dhoni in the IPL final. If only, he would learn from Kohli not to throw his wicket away after getting well set, he would make a terrific vice-captain.

Kohli acknowledged after the match that Dhoni was missed when the game got tense. Next time, perhaps he should turn to another cool, wise head on the field for guidance — Rohit Sharma, of course.

(Former Sunday Editor and cricket columnist of DNA, Sumit Chakraberty has been a journalist for over 30 years, with earlier stints at Indian Express, The Times of India, BiTV and UTV. He is now an independent writer and blogs on cricket at http://cricketkeeper.blogspot.in . You can also follow him on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/sumit.chakraberty and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cricket_keeper)

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

West Indies tour of India 2014, Practice match

Oct 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Mumbai

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Brisbane

World T20 League 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

More

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Barbados won by 6 wkts (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Perth Scorchers won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 29, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 36 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Photos

KKR vs Dolphins, CLT20 2014

Videos

Arjuna Ranatunga shares his views on U-19 cricket

Live Cricket Score Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 1st semi-final: KKR win by 7 wickets

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Hobart Hurricanes, 1st Semi final, CLT20 2014: Hobart likely XI

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, 2nd Semifinal, CLT20 2014: CSK likely XI

Gandhi Jayanti: Mahatma Gandhi’s cricket connections and an XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK), 2nd Semifinal, CLT20 2014: KXIP likely XI

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Barbados Tridents Cape Cobras Champions League T20 Champions League T20 2014 CLT20 CLT20 2014 Hobart Hurricanes India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders

CLT20 2014: Glenn Maxwell dismissed by Ashish Nehra

CLT20 2014: KXIP make stuttering start

Mitchell Marsh out of T20I; unlikely for ODIs against Pakistan

Parvinder Awana takes hat-trick as CSK score 182/7 in CLT20 2014 semi-final

CLT20 2014: Parvinder Awana takes a hat-trick

CSK vs KXIP CLT20 2014 2nd semi-final: Chennai bowling under pressure

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), CLT20 2014 2nd semi-final: Key battles

Australia’s ODI team faces a dilemma for the first time in 30 years

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Hobart Hurricanes, 1st Semi final, CLT20 2014: Hobart likely XI

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, 2nd Semifinal, CLT20 2014: CSK likely XI

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

671 Posts | 6 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab- Final Match Highlights from IPL 2014

Katrina Kaif or Hrithik Roshan: Which of the two Bang Bang hotties is cuter?

Asian Games 2014: Shah Rukh Khan expresses joy at India’s male hockey team’s gold medal victory!

LG webOS-powered smartwatch reportedly in the works

Loss of sense of smell in older people could predict death within 5 years

Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis guide Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to 182/7 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in CLT20 2014

Apple now has a tool for users to check Activation Lock status on used iOS devices

Barclays Premier League Fixtures: EPL 2014-15 Time-Table for October 2014

Expert tips to keep your eyes healthy

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here