India defeated Sri Lanka in the third T20I by 5 wickets and completed the series whitewash by 3-0. After a clinical performance against Sri Lanka, India have now climbed to the no 2 spot in ICC T20I Team Rankings.
Rohit Sharma was impressive with his captaincy skills, and also led from the front with his batting performance. India were dominant throughout the series, except for the first ODI at Dharamshala.
Indian coach Ravi Shastri recently conceded that the team does not care about the T20 format and that their focus is on the World Cup 2019. While Rohit continues to impress with his captaincy, it would be best that he continues to captain the side in T20 format. Let us check out the reasons.
#3 Workload share with Kohli
Rohit Sharma was the captain of Indian team for the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka, after Virat Kohli decided to take rest from the series. Rohit had to shoulder big responsibilities in the absence of Kohli, and did exceedingly well by winning the ODI and T20 series respectively.
Currently Kohli is leading the Indian team across all three formats and is looking invincible at the moment. He has won each and every series in 2017, but with the lengthy upcoming overseas tour in the next 18 months, it might get difficult for Kohli to maintain the same tempo in all three formats.
In the past we have seen many captains struggle to cope with all three formats and also their performance gets affected. Even MS Dhoni gave up the Test captaincy in 2014, owing to his poor Test records overseas, and continued to captain in ODIs.
Considering the relatively lower importance of T20Is in comparison to Tests and ODIs, Rohit can lead the Indian side in T20I and share the burden of captaincy with Kohli.
#2 Most successful captain in IPL
Rohit Sharma took the responsibility as captain of the Mumbai Indians team in 2013, and since then has led Mumbai to three IPL titles. He has been the backbone of the team, and shown great temperament while leading the side.
Rohit has been one of the most successful captains in IPL history, and has won 40 matches out of 66. He is the only captain to have won three IPL titles as skipper, which speaks volumes of his great leadership skills.
In this year's IPL final, when Mumbai scored 129 runs only in 20 overs, no one gave them the slightest chance to win the finals. But Rohit had different ideas and was determined to go for the win. Riding on his brilliant captaincy, Mumbai won the thriller by just one run.
With his immense captaincy experience in IPL, and his recent emergence as Indian captain, Rohit has all the qualities to continue his captaincy for India in T20 format.
#1 Leading from the front
When Sri Lanka convincingly defeated India in the first ODI, Rohit Sharma's first match as captain turned out to be nightmare. In the second ODI, Rohit was under huge pressure but he led from the front with a blazing double century and eventually won the match.
Since then India never looked back and stamped their authority by wining the One-Day and T20 series. Rohit's batting statistics under captaincy looked more impressive, in which he scored 217 runs in 3 ODI matches at an average of 108.50, and 162 runs in 3 T20I matches at an average of 54. He was the leading run-scorer in both the ODI and T20 series.
The ability to fight back from any situation and to stay calm in pressure situations are the main highlights of Rohit's captaincy. He is also impressive with his field placement and bowling changes.
With more and more games, Rohit will just get better with every match as captain, and India would appreciate an extra option for the team in case Kohli is unable to take the field.