No need to replace Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma for limited overs: VVS Laxman
New Delhi : VVS Laxman supported Virat Kohli as the captain of limited over team amid speculations and debate that he should be replaced by Rohit Sharma in the format. Recently, India lost the ODI series to Australia and Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians won the IPLT20 2020.
Laxman said that there is no doubt that Rohit Sharma has all the qualities of being a great captain, but he sees no urgent need of replacing Virat Kohli as he is doing a fantastic job.
“No doubt he is a wonderful captain. Whenever he led in Virat’s absence he has been successful. Leading a franchise to five titles is not easy. The way he has built the team (Mumbai Indians) and handles tough situations has been superb. He has all the qualities to be a successful captain for India but you don’t have to necessarily look for a change. Virat has had phenomenal success and is doing a fantastic job. I don’t see any requirement to make a change.” said Laxman at the virtual launch of ‘The Hitman: The Rohit Sharma Story’, written by Vijay Lokapally and G. Krishnan.
“His career reminded me of my career, asked to shift in the batting order. Not easy to open against quality fast overs without having opened earlier. He can put pressure on the bowlers once he gets his eye in,” he added.
Meanwhile, former India captain Anil Kumble, who was also part of the book launch, said Rohit would be ready to take over the reins when the time comes.
“[He was] extremely confident when we gave him the captaincy offer at Mumbai Indians. It came naturally to him. He is ready for the challenge. Good we are discussing that we have the option of a second guy. We are lucky we have Rohit who has been successful [in the IPL]. When the time comes and the need I am sure he will be ready,” said Kumble, who has been a part of the Mumbai Indians’ coaching staff.