Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has heaped praise on Rohit Sharma’s leadership skills in the ongoing Asia Cup.
Prior to the Asia Cup, Rohit had captained India 12 times in limited-overs cricket, losing just two games – 1 T20I and 1 ODI. And in the ongoing Asia Cup, Sharma has once again become the talk of the town.
India has played four matches in the Asia Cup 2018 thus far. Except for a mini-scare in the opening match against Hong Kong, the Men in Blue have registered resounding wins in rest of the clashes.
A rusty Indian side beat Hong Kong by 26 runs but they came back strong and demolished Pakistan in the group-stage by eight wickets. In the Super Four stage, India thrashed Bangladesh by seven wickets while they humiliated Pakistan by nine wickets on Sunday.
"I think Rohit Sharma has done a great job as India skipper. He is leading from the front, he's getting runs consistently and with ease. With him, Shikhar Dhawan is playing equally good. They are making things look so comfortable when they come out to bat. They look so calm and I think they have got every shot in their book," Akram told India Today.
Captaincy has also brought the best out of Rohit as a batsman. He has amassed 269 runs at an average of 134.50, including two fifties and one century in the ongoing Asia Cup.
Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was there in the show with Akram, also lauded Sharma for taking the additional responsibility in the absence of Virat Kohli.
"Rohit has been scoring runs and leading the team from the front. He is showing the way. He has done a great job. We can say when Virat Kohli is not there, Rohit can be given the responsibility of leading the team," Harbhajan quoted.
Team India will now face Afghanistan in their next Super Four match at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday (September 25).