Mumbai Indians once again proved their supremacy in the Indian Premier League by winning the IPL 2020. MI is the most successful team of the IPL as it has won the title five times and this also makes Rohit Sharma the most successful skipper of the league. After this win, fans of Rohit Sharma started demanding that the captaincy of the Indian cricket team should also be handed over to him, especially the captaincy of ODIs and T20Is as he has proved to be far better than Virat Kohli in limited overs cricket.
As far as the IPL record of Virat Kohli is concerned, his track record is very disappointing. Virat has been associated with the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore since the first edition of the tournament which took place in 2008 and he has been leading the team since 2013 but RCB hasn’t won the IPL title even once. In the IPL 2020, RCB entered the play-offs but they were knocked out by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator.
Recently, the former Indian cricketers Gautam Gambhir and Aakash Chopra had a heated argument regarding the captaincy change in shorter formats. While taking part in a show on Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir supports Rohit Sharma as he is of the opinion that though Virat is a good captain, Rohit is certainly better than him.
On the other hand, Aakash Chopra says that Virat hasn’t done anything so wrong in limited overs cricket that he can be sacked from the captaincy. At the same time, he also adds that performances in the IPL can’t be a benchmark for making changes at the international level.
Gautam Gambhir counters Aakash’s argument by saying that if players can be selected in the Indian team on the basis of their IPL performances, why captaincy can’t be changed on the basis of performance in the IPL. He further says that if such is the case, the selection of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, T. Natarajan, Washington Sundar, etc. is also not correct.
Aakash Chopra says that there is not much time left in the ICC T20 World Cup and changing skipper at this moment can be harmful for the team, especially when the Indian squad will be able to play only 5-6 T20 matches before the World Cup. He also adds that the IPL may be there but performance of the international level and IPL performance should be seen separately. As per him, it is fine if a player has performed well at the international level but not in the IPL.
The third guest on the show was Parthiv Patel, the Indian cricketer who is presently a part of Virat Kohli-led RCB. Parthiv Patel also supports Rohit Sharma as he feels that the MI skipper is better than Virat in terms of understanding the game and taking right decisions, especially in tough situations.
Who is the better choice for captaincy in the limited overs cricket according to you – Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli?