Rohit Sharma is a cricketer who captains India men's national cricket team and Mumbai Indians in IPL. He is a right-handed batter who usually opens the batting order although he started as a middle-order batter.
Rohit is the captain of India in all three formats of international cricket. He succeeded Virat Kohli in the top and most demanding job in Indian cricket.
Rohit's elevation to India captaincy has much to do with his success in the Indian Premier League as captain of Mumbai Indians for close to a decade. Rohit's captaincy qualities includes tactical decision making, man management skills, clear communication with teammates, backing players in their rough time.
Rohit became the third player to lead India in a T20 World Cup tournament in Australia in 2022.
Let's look at Rohit Sharma's captaincy journey with the Indian team and Mumbai Indians in separate categories.
Rohit Sharma IPL captaincy
Rohit Sharma replaced Australian legendary player Ricky Ponting as captain of Mumbai Indians in the middle of the 2013 IPL season. Rohit ensured MI qualified in the playoffs but lost to Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1.
However, MI defeated Rajasthan Royals by four wickets in the eliminator and outplayed CSK by 23 runs in the final to lift their maiden IPL title.
MI made it through the playoffs round in the 2014 IPL after pipping Rajasthan Royals in points table on net run rate. Rohit's MI lost to CSK in the eliminator match by seven wickets.
Rohit's MI lifted their second trophy in IPL 2015 after drubbing CSK in the playoffs but failed to qualify in the playoffs in the 2016 season.
Despite suffering three defeats to Steve Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017, Mumbai Indians held their nerves to eke them out by one run in a low-defending total of 130.
Rohit and CO. failed to qualify in the 2018 IPL playoffs but defeated Chennai Super Kings by one run in the 2019 IPL final.
Mumbai Indians under Rohit set a trend of winning the IPL trophy in odd years (2013, 2015, 2017 & 2019). However, the trend was busted when they defeated Delhi Capitals by five wickets in the 2020 IPL final. Rohit became the second captain after MS Dhoni to defend the title.
Mumbai Indians did not make it to the knockout stage in the IPL seasons of 2021 and 2022. The five-time IPL winners finished in 10th place which was their first instance of finishing last in the league stage of the cash-rich league.
Rohit is the most successful captain in IPL having won the coveted trophy five times in 15 years. In terms of wins, Rohit has won 79 matches as captain of an IPL team behind MS Dhoni's 123 wins.
Rohit Sharma IPL captaincy record
Rohit Sharma India captaincy
Rohit Sharma was named India's vice-captain in white-ball formats with Virat Kohli as captain after MS Dhoni stepped down from the captaincy role in early 2017.
Rohit's first assignment as India captain came during the bilateral series against Sri Lanka in December 2017 after Kohli was rested. India won the ODI series 2-1 and whitewashed the Lankans 3-0 in T20Is.
India won the Nidahas Trophy and the Asia Cup in 2018 under Rohit's captaincy. Rohit replaced Virat Kohli as T20I skipper of India shortly after the conclusion of the 2021 T20 World Cup in November 2021.
India blanked New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies in the T20I series at home with an identical margin of 3-0. The Men in Blue also whitewashed West Indies 3-0 in ODI series in February 2022.
In January 2022, Rohit was named India's Test captain which meant he was given the charge in all three formats. His first assignment was the two-match series at home versus Sri Lanka in March. India comfortably sealed the series 2-0.
In July 2022, Rohit missed the rescheduled fifth Test against England in Birmingham after he contracted Covid-19. He returned back to lead the side in white-ball formats as India beat England by 2-1 in both T20Is and ODIs.
In the Asia Cup 2022, India defeated Pakistan and Hong Kong in Group B but all of a sudden lost to Pakistan and Sri Lanka which dented their chances of making to the final.
Rohit led his side to win 2-1 T20I series against Australia and South Africa at home in the build-up to the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
Rohit Sharma-led India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by four wickets in their first game of the Super 12 stage in Melbourne. They defeated the Netherlands by 56 runs in the second match but lost to South Africa in Perth. India edged out Bangladesh by five runs in the DLS method after rains threatened to wash away their winning chances.
Rohit Sharma ODI captaincy record
Rohit Sharma T20I captaincy record