Mumbai Indians were one of the big boys of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the time of its inception in 2008. A battery of international stars, big names in the back room staff and an army of cricket crazy fans behind the team. But things didn’t go as per plan for the team in blue as they made an underwhelming start
With no title in the bag in 5 seasons and only one final appearance to show for their efforts, the fans and the management was getting restless for some success. Tables turned dramatically for the team in the 2013 season after a young Rohit Sharma was made captain of the team.
His calm demeanour and laid back style worked wonders as Mumbai went on to become champions for the first time in 2013. Since then it has almost been a ritual that Mumbai Indians become champions of IPL every alternate year.
Titles in 2015, 2017 and 2019 have ensured Rohit Sharma will go down in IPL history as one of the best captains ever. Being a captain means you are the most important member of the team in the books of many, but Rohit differs with this idea.
“I believe in a theory that when you are captain, you are the least important person. Others become more important in the larger scheme of things. It works differently for different leaders but as far as I am concerned, this theory works for me,” Rohit told PTI in an interview.
Suresh Raina recently compared Rohit to MS Dhoni interms of his ‘cool quotient’ but the Indian limited overs team vice-captain is quick to downplay those comparisons.
“Not showing anger is not a conscious effort…that’s a natural instinct that you have and you don’t try and be someone that you are not. Try and be yourself all the time,” he said.
“You do get angry, lose temper at times but it’s important not to show it to your teammates. Hiding your emotions is the most crucial part,” Rohit added.
He has consistently been in touch with MI’s core team of strategists on conference call discussing the details of the challenge ahead in the UAE, where the IPL will be held in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.