Rohit Sharma has always been the unofficial leader of the Indian dressing room for the last 8 years. The Mumbaikar was given the captaincy from Virat Kohli earlier this month much to the surprise of fans and the cricket fraternity. However, the BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly has backed Sharma to perform well citing his previous captaincy record for India in ODI. Now in a video released by the BCCI, the newly appointed captain talks about the pressure of playing for India.
Rohit said that the “Pressure is always going to be there. There will lot of people talking about it. Positive and negatives, but for me personally as a cricketer, not as a captain. As a cricketer for me, it is important to focus on my job, not to focus on what people are talking about because you cannot control that, I have said it million times about this. And I keep saying that and that is what the message is to the team as well. Even the team understands that when we are playing a high profile tournament, there will lot of talks but it’s just important for us to focus on what we have in hand which is to go and win games.”
BCCI received plenty of criticism of the way Virat Kohli was annexed as the captain. One of the most prolific batsmen in the world holds a winning percentage of approximately 70%, an envious record for any captain. Kohli’s repeated inability to win an ICC tournament may have compelled the selectors to take such a decision however Sourav Ganguly clarified that the selectors did not want split captaincy which is why Sharma was also appointed as the ODI captain. After Virat Kohli stepped down from the T20 captaincy, Sharma was awarded the captaincy.
India’s next challenge in South Africa where they have never won a Test Series. The tour will commence on the 26th of December and will have three ODIs and three T20s.