New Delhi: Former India coach Ravi Shastri believes Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma’s challenges have “doubled” as compared to two years ago. Shastri said on an ESPN Cricinfo program about Rohit’s captaincy in the IPL, “You don’t have the resources you had two or three years ago. His challenges as a captain would have doubled. Two years ago for him Things were good enough, just go on the field and do your job.” “Then the challenge comes how do you take them (the team) forward. How do you motivate your team, how do you make a combination. You have to see which player is there in a certain part of the game. What Fits right.”
It is noteworthy that in the last few years, Mumbai has had to say goodbye to many important players due to retirement and other reasons. After the arrival of two new teams in IPL, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya moved to Gujarat and Lucknow teams respectively. Lasith Malinga and Kieron Pollard retired from all forms of cricket, while top bowler Jasprit Bumrah missed this year’s IPL due to injury.
Jofra Archer is playing IPL this year after being ruled out of the tournament last year, but he too is taking time to find his rhythm. The most successful IPL franchise currently has only Rohit, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav among their old players. Due to the absence of big names, Mumbai finished at the bottom of the IPL table last year, while this year also they are in sixth place. Shastri believes that Rohit’s poor form is also affecting his captaincy.
Shastri said, “If runs start coming from your bat, then your job as a captain becomes easier. Your movements on the field start changing, your energy is different. Bad form can happen to anyone. ” “That’s why it’s more important as a captain that your performance shines through. It’s difficult now considering the stage he’s at in his career and the kind of team he has,” he added.