IPL 2023: “Of course, he is underrated,” Gavaskar says Rohit doesn’t get enough credit for captaincy like Dhoni

Gavaskar pointed out some of Rohit's on-field decisions to plot the downfall of LSG in IPL 2023 Eliminator.

Rohit Sharma | BCCI-IPLOver the years, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have emerged as the two most dominant franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

While MI have won the IPL title five times under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, CSK have lifted the trophy four times with MS Dhoni at the helm of affairs.

Both the teams have once again left a mark in the ongoing IPL season. While CSK have already secured a place in the final, the Rohit-led side is one victory away from sealing a spot for the summit clash

Meanwhile, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has said that Rohit Sharma is an underrated captain in the IPL and doesn't get as much credit for leadership as MS Dhoni gets.

Gavaskar pointed out some of Rohit's on-field decisions to highlight how the MI skipper plotted Lucknow Super Giants' downfall in the IPL 2023 Eliminator.

"Of course, he is underrated. The man has won 5 titles for Mumbai Indians. Let me give you an example. Madhwal got Ayush Badoni, bowling over the wicket. He then went round the wicket to the left-hander Nicholas Pooran," Gavaskar told India Today.

"Not a lot of bowlers necessarily do that because if they get their rhythm going bowling over the wicket, they will stick to over the wicket even it's a left-hander, trying to leave the left-hander. But he went around the wicket and produced an absolute gem of a delivery and got the man out.

"If that had been CSK and Dhoni was the captain. Everybody would have said 'Dhoni plotted Nicholas Pooran's dismissal. This is what happens to a great extend. There is also a little bit of hype, things sometimes work out," he added.

Gavaskar further said it was a good move to pick Nehal Wadhera as an Impact Substitute in the first innings of the Eliminator against LSG.

Wadhera returned with a crucial cameo of 12-ball 23, propelling Mumbai Indians to a stiff 182/8 in 20 overs.

"What I am saying is Rohit Sharma did not get the credit for telling Madhwal to bowl round the wicket," Gavaskar said.

"The captaincy situation as well. Remember, Nehal Wadhera was used as an impact player batting first. Teams generally don't use batters as Impact Player when they are batting first. But Rohit used Nehwal when MI were batting first against LSG. So please give him credit for that as well."

Mumbai Indians will take on Gujarat Titans in IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Friday (May 26).


By Salman Anjum - 26 May, 2023

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