Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan praised Rohit Sharma, who inspired Mumbai Indians (MI) to their fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) title in the last eight seasons. On Tuesday, Rohit’s men went through the Delhi Capitals (DC) in Dubai to try their hand at the trophy. They became after the other team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) To successfully defend their title.
Back in 2013, the now 33-year-old Rohit was appointed as their captain, replacing Ricky Ponting, and he has managed to turn his fortunes around. Irfan said that Nagpur-born Rohit is ‘comfortable’ and knows the art of using his bowlers depending on the match situation.
Irfan praised Rohit Sharma
He said, “The way he used Yadav revealed his class. Any captain would have gone with a seamer. Rohit used his instinct. This showed how clear his thinking was. This showed that he was a bowler captain in India Today.
Pathan also said that Rohit is a combination of Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni, who were both two of the greatest Indian captains to have played the game.
“He is a mixture of Dhoni and Ganguly. Ganguly relied on his bowlers and went by it. Dhoni trusted his bowlers but always took decisions with ease.
During one game, Pathan was impressed with how Rohit used Jaspreet Bumrah which helped Mumbai gain the upper hand.
“One of the games was getting closer, so he used Bumrah in the 17th over, though he usually uses Bumrah in the 18th. Bumrah brought the game back in favor of MI.
Irfan said, “Given the way he used Pollard, he did not bowl initially, but when the pace of the wicket was double, he used Pollard.”
In IPL 2020, Rohit had a roller-coaster ride. He played some easy matches in the first half of the tournament, but had to sit out due to a hamstring injury. However, not only did he make a comeback, but also scored a match-winning half-century in the final.
He is now ready to play in the Test series AustraliaStarting 17 December in Adelaide. However, he will not play in ODIs and T20Is.