India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma has been empathetic in the Asia Cup. He is scoring runs at will at the top of the order and his captaincy skills are receiving appreciation from former cricketers and analysts. The latest to hail Rohit’s captaincy skills is former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar who believes that there are a lot of similarities between Rohit’s captaincy and former West Indies captain Clive Llyod’s captaincy.
Gavaskar was speaking about Rohit’s captaincy in a column he wrote for a newspaper. He wrote that the Indian skipper is doing the Clive Lloyd thing. The former Indian cricketer pointed out that the Indian skipper is hiding his emotions as he smiles and turns back to his fielding position. According to Gavaskar, this does not put any pressure on the person who dropped the catch or misfielded and makes him want to give an extra effort.
At the same time, Gavaskar attributed some of the traits of a successful cricket team. He said that the best of teams just go on to the next delivery as they know, in a team game, all eleven can’t be successful and there is bound to be the odd failure. How to carry that failure and make him a part of the team’s success is the key.
He pointed out that the great West Indies teams of the past did that splendidly with the phlegmatic skipper Clive Lloyd displaying no emotion with an error on the field. The former Indian cricketer added that the same was with the ’90s Australian team who bonded so well with each other that, if one of them dropped a catch, they would have a go at the batsman instead for being lucky.