While Rohit Sharma is Virat Kohli’s deputy in the limited-overs cricket and has led the side when Kohli is not around. ©PTI

With MS Dhoni away from the Indian team following his sabbatical for over two months, it is now reported that skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri has asked Rohit Sharma to be more vocal on the field while guiding youngsters in the side.

While Rohit is Kohli’s deputy in the limited-overs cricket and has led the side when Kohli is not around, he enjoys a solid captaincy record in T20 cricket, having led Mumbai Indians (MI) to record four Indian Premier League (IPL) titles and two Champions League Twenty20 titles.

Additionally, Rohit was the captain when India clinched the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka last year.

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“See, you don’t want too many cooks to spoil the broth. There is always the need to have a fine balance and not confuse the youngsters in the middle of a match. So, when MS was there behind the wicket, it was Kohli and MS who would do the guiding. In Dhoni’s absence, it was felt that it would be great to have Rohit sharing his thoughts with the youngsters and being vocal on the field,” a source in the team management was quoted as saying by IANS.

“Rohit has been a part of the leadership group for a while now and it is not like this is the first time that he is sharing his ideas with the players. The captain and coach trust his instincts and it is great when a senior member walks up to a bowler and suggests ways to trump the opposition batsman,” the source added.

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A youngster, who has played under Kohli and Rohit, said that like Kohli, Rohit also backs his players and does not shy away from sharing ideas which might work in certain situations.

“You might feel a lot of things about your own capabilities. But the backing of the seniors is what helps. Be it Kohli bhai or Rohit bhai, they give you freedom to go and express yourself. They don’t impose themselves on us. Even when Rohit bhai is leading or explaining a situation on the field, he only gives you his suggestions and what he feels could work. After that, it is on you to take the call,” said the player.