India ODI skipper Rohit Sharma has said that Virat Kohli has left behind a great legacy as India’s white-ball captain. Kohli, who took over the reins of limited-overs teams from MS Dhoni was instrumental in making India a fearless outfit. He led from the front with the bat and took Indian cricket to great heights. The 33-year-old always aimed for a win.
However, his form with the bat dipped in the past two years. Kohli also could not lead India to a win in global events and that might have prompted BCCI to name Rohit as the leader in the white-ball formats.
Rohit recently spoke about Kohli’s white-ball captaincy and his incredible work with the team. “He’s (Virat) put the team in a situation where there is no looking back. Those five years he has led the team, he led from the front every time we stepped onto the park. There was clear grit and determination to win every game. That was the message to the entire squad,” said Rohit Sharma.
“We had a great time playing under him. I have played a lot of cricket with him, I have enjoyed each and every moment and I’ll still continue to do that. We need to keep getting better as a team and as individuals and that will be the focus not just for me but for the entire squad moving forward,” he added.
The upcoming series against South Africa will be Rohit’s first assignment with Team India as a full-time ODI skipper. However, his participation in the series is in doubt as he has been ruled out of the Test series owing to an injury, which is learned to be serious and may take a few weeks to heal.