Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (AFP Photo)

Rohit Sharma is enjoying captaining India in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 where he has led them to three straight victories. In the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit has led the side admirably that has seen them cruising to dominating victories against Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Rohit has led India in 9 T20Is and 6 ODIs so far and in them, he averages an excellent 55.46 with two centuries. He has only tasted defeat twice in these matches – one each in ODIs and T20Is.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has praised his leadership skills saying the 31-year-old has proved his credentials time and again and that the added responsibility improves his overall performance as well.

“The first time he led Mumbai Indians to an IPL win, that was his first season as a captain and he impressed straight away with his knowledge of what to do next more than what to plan,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying by India Today on Saturday. “I think the planning takes place inside the dressing room but that plan can actually go awry and for that, you need a captain to take on the spot decisions.

“Over here [Asia Cup] as well, every time he has got an opportunity to captain India, he has shown his acumen and he has shown how patient he can be and then as a batsman, the added responsibility, only makes him better.”

Rohit top-scored with an unbeaten 83 against Bangladesh on Friday as India sailed to a seven-wicket win in their first match of the Super Four stage of Asia Cup 2018.

Ravindra Jadeja was the highlight in India’s bowling performance as in his first match in 14 months, the allrounder returned impressive figures of 4/29 from 10 overs and was rightly chosen as the man-of-the-match.

Gavaskar has advocated for the inclusion of Jadeja in ODI setup as an allrounder over the likes of Axar Patel.”I think Ravindra Jadeja merits his place because I believe he is a better bowler, batsman and fielder but what the selection committee thinks, we will see in the next few months,” he said.