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How Did It Feel To Lead, Succeeding Virat Kohli As India Captain? Rohit Sharma Answers

After BCCI named Rohit Sharma as the captain of the Indian cricket team in 2021 replacing Virat Kohli many cricket experts and fans believed that the 37-year-old would quench India’s hunt for an ICC trophy.

But Rohit’s continuous failures in the ICC event question his worth of being an Indian captain. Rohit led the Indian cricket team to the final of the ICC World Test Championship 2023 but failed to beat Australia and lost the game by 209 runs.

Under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, team India finished as runner-up of the ODI World Cup 2023 and qualified for the semifinals of the 2022 T20 World Cup.

India’s recent failure in the ODI World Cup 2023 stretched India’s quest for an ICC trophy by 10 years as India won their last ICC title back in 2013 under MS Dhoni by winning the Champions Trophy 2013.

Despite his failure in ICC events, BCCI backed Rohit Sharma by naming him as the captain of the Men in Blue for the 2024 T20 World Cup scheduled to play in the USA and West Indies next month.

In a recent interview with a YouTube channel, Rohit Sharma spoke about various aspects of his international career including taking over the Indian cricket team captaincy from Virat Kohli.

“Give us an insight on what it is like to lead, succeeding someone who has got the size and personality of Virat. Not an easy role to fill, big shoes to fill,” the anchor asked Rohit on Dubai Eye 103.8 YouTube channel.

“Captaining your country is the biggest honour that you can have and for me I never thought that this day will arrive where I’ll be captaining one day. But yeah I mean people say good things happen to good people.

But no, I was very fortunate to get that opportunity you know. I knew the past captains who have had the impact on Indian cricket and the kind of legacy they’ve left as well we have had so many great captains so yeah just taking from where these guys left making sure that the team heads in the right direction,” said Rohit in an interaction on Dubai Eye 103.8’s Youtube channel.

He also then went on to speak about his captaincy philosophy.

“You mentioned about today you know data plays such an important part in in sport just to analyze the opposition just to analyze your own game as well you know like you you can see your strength but there is a weakness that the opposition is watching as well well so that is how data is data is just not for your own benefit it is for the sporting countries to benefit from and every sport that has been played data plays a huge part.

“I mean for me when I took over I just wanted everyone to drive in one direction that’s how the team sport should be played it’s not about personal milestone it’s not about one or two or three individual it is about what all 11 of us can bring to the table and that’s how you achieve the team’s goal you can achieve personal goals individual goals by setting your individual goals but I think when you want to achieve the team’s goal which is to go and hold that big trophy I think everyone needs to drive in that One Direction and that was my biggest challenge when I took over”, he added.

Rohit Sharma will be the captain of the Indian cricket team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 while Hardik Pandya will be his deputy.

As per the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 schedule, India will play their first match of the tournament against Ireland on June 5 in Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York.

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