‘Hit-Man’ to ‘Captain’ Sharma: Mix of instincts and percentages, quietly mentoring heir apparent Pant

As the full-time captain of the national team in the three-man format, Rohit Sharma started his journey with a good light.

Eleven games in all formats (6 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests) isn’t a large sample size to judge anyone, but big enough to hope for a bright future.

As the previous leader, Rohit is not only a “run machine”, but also shows tactical cleverness.

At the same time, he also seems to know full well that you have to have a back-up plan and prepare the next set for the future.

The difference between winning and losing in sport is in small percentages and that is the foundation of Rohit’s leadership style.

“I always try to analyze an upcoming game situation based on the likelihood of it occurring. I try to include percentages of a specific situation and the decision is based on what I believe to be the maximum likelihood,” the skipper said after winning his first Test series as captain against Sri Lanka on Monday.

Ranji Trophy, where most teams are still playing for a first-innings lead, is not fertile breeding ground for proactive captains, save for a few homegrown stalwarts like Ashok Mankad or a Bishan Singh Bedi who were very different.

So Rohit himself had no reference on how to lead in a format where the parameters are not finite like in white ball games where he has already mastered the leading part.

But there are certain inherent fundamentals of captaincy and the most important is instinct.

You might have collected 100 hours of data, practiced situations for a thousand hours, but things can still change. During the Sri Lanka series, Rohit showed that he is ready for these scenarios.

“I rely a lot on my instincts in certain game situations. It’s like being in the moment and thinking fast. What is just right, what can work, what cannot work.

” About how the opposition is playing. It’s a mix of everything. Eventually, some will be right and some will be wrong,” he said.

That the Mumbai Indians captain made him a good man manager was understandable as he spoke about the support from senior members of the crew for those who find their place.

“I got a lot of help from the seniors and some of them have a good understanding of situations. And then comes my understanding of situations,” he said, without naming names.

Similarly, he would always make a point of mentioning the contribution of ax duo Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in what has become a solid Test team.

But when he praises Shreyas Iyer’s “game sense and maturity” and admits that the player “grabbed it really well and made it happen,” you know he’s trying to move around and put the puzzle pieces into place.

At 34, there’s no guarantee how long Rohit will want to lead four teams – three national and one IPL.

In the post-COVID-19 world and confronted with life in biobubbles, monotony can creep in even when you take a break, and while going nowhere until the 2023 World Test Championship cycle is complete, you get an in Considering that he holds and grooms Rishabh Pant for the leadership role.

The selection committee chairman, Chetan Sharma, has already selected Pant as one of the future leaders and expects Rohit to mentor the shortlisted individuals.

He has never said in so many words that he prepares Pant, but the endearing way in which he speaks makes it clear that he can identify with the 24-year-old man from Rourkee.

Someone just as talented and brave as he was when he burst onto the scene 15 years ago.

One who was equally celebrated and pilloried in those years when “talent” appeared more as a taunt than a compliment.

Remember the “carefree and fearless” analogy of the support staff during the former coaching staff regime.

Well, Rohit provided a welcome departure from that terminology. He knows Pant comes as a package, and he’s willing to accept him for who he is without trying to mold him into something he’s not.

And at the same time he wants to make him feel responsible.

“I’ve made Rishabh very clear what I want with a DRS call, certain aspects of the game that I’ve told him to look into. They’re not always going to make the right calls, but that’s absolutely fine to me.” ‘ he said.

“Rishabh has the best vision as a goalkeeper. I ask him how far it turns, from where it turns. Does the batsman jump forward? when Yes, how much? Is he defending himself? If so, is it a direct defense or a lateral defense? “He’s a franchise captain and he came up with the idea. Suggestions lena buri baat hai nahi (It’s not bad to get some suggestions). As for his hitting, he just keeps getting better with game plans. There will be days when we’ll be scratching our heads, but we know what’s coming with him,” said the skipper.

Sri Lanka was a trailer for Captain Sharma’s command and the film is now eagerly awaited in a World Cup year.

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