Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan believes Rohit Sharma should replace Virat Kohli as India’s T20I captain.
According to Vaughan, this move will also take away some leadership burden from Virat, who is captaining India in all three formats since 2017.
Vaughan’s comments came after Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians (MI) to their record fifth IPL title in Dubai on Tuesday (November 10).
“If you actually look at what he [Kohli] does in T20 cricket in terms of leadership and captaincy, I don’t think he’s a great T20 captain. I look at him for India and for Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he’s never won the IPL or got close,” Vaughan told BBC’s Tuffers and Vaughan podcast.
“Not many people will say this but I don’t think he’s a great T20 captain. A lot of countries like England and Australia are splitting the captaincy roles because it’s so much work and so hard to do all three.
“Rohit Sharma, for me, is a better T20 captain. India would be better with him as the leader because he sees T20 cricket better and faster than Kohli.
“Virat the batsman is still one of the top, top players. But if it wasn’t Kohli, I think more people would be questioning his leadership in T20 cricket,” he further added.
After MI’s second consecutive IPL triumph, Vaughan also took to Twitter and wrote: “Without question Rohit Sharma should be the Indian T20 captain .. fantastic man manager & leader .. & he knows exactly how to win T20 games .. it would also give Virat chance to take a breather and just be the player .. it’s works for all other teams around the world.”
Mumbai Indians dominated this year’s IPL, winning 11 of their 16 matches and beating finalists Delhi Capitals (DC) on four separate occasions to clinch the trophy.
“I am quite happy with how things went the whole season. We said at the start that we need the winning habit. We couldn't have asked for anything more, right on the money from ball 1 and we never looked back. I think a lot of credit goes to the people who worked behind the scenes - often they go unnoticed,” Rohit said after MI’s 5-wicket win over DC in the IPL 2020 final.