Yes! You have read the heading correctly. Who is a better captain: The Run Machine Virat Kohli or Hitman Rohit Sharma? Well by the end of this post you will get an answer.
First, from where did the question arise from? Kohli really hasn’t proved himself as a captain on the big stage. Yes, he did win the Under-17 World Cup but since then there isn’t a thing to showcase his proficiency as a captain. His captaincy performance with RCB isn’t great too. Kohli is yet to win an IPL trophy. Under his captaincy we are yet to produce marvellous results. The loss in the recently concluded final of Champions Trophy also doesn’t hold his captaincy in good firm. His team seems to choke at the last moment and Virat himself seems not to have the midas touch.
Though these are early days in the captaincy era of Virat, the early signs are not promising. His tiff with Kumble is a news well publicised. Also due to his non-bonding with certain players, few top performers like Gambhir seem to miss the bus to the national team. Though during his captaincy tenure one thing has happened for sure. His batting has improved and he seems to get a bit more consistent, especially in tests. Also the amount of faith that he has shown in certain players have meant that they are now blossoming. One such example is Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Kohli’s batting has improved and he seems to get a bit more consistent, especially in tests. Also, the amount of faith that he has shown in certain players has meant that they are now blossoming. One such example is Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Virat as Team India captain has not only brought aggressiveness in the team but also benefitted the team. He has done well in the Test cricket as Captain but in colours, the right-handed batsman has struggled.
Talking about Rohit Sharma, he just seems to be a natural leader. Often his team Mumbai Indians has been in a precarious situation and more often than not, something happens and his team seems to win. He has got that midas touch and one more thing that happens to him while he is captaining that his batting improves and he becomes much more responsible.
Winning 3 IPL titles is no mean feat and MI have done it under his leadership which makes the Indian opener now the most successful captain in IPL history and Mumbai Indians is the only team the team who have won the title thrice. As far as IPL is concerned, Rohit Sharma is much better captain than Virat Kohli.
Though considering Sharma’s performance in the tests, it becomes absurd to offer him the captaincy in the longest format of the game. But in the shorter format, India might well require his services as a captain and KING Kohli might well lead his team in the longer format.