Rohit Sharma never succumbs to pressure from the captain and instead relishes the responsibility, according to childhood coach Dinesh Lad, who revealed that the horny drummer has shown leadership qualities since his school years.
Rohit led the Mumbai Indians to an unprecedented fifth IPL title on Tuesday, impressive not only by half a century but also by a shrewd harbor master’s office.
“He always thought of winning and never thought of losing,” Lad told PTI on Wednesday.
“When he was entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Indians of Mumbai, he proved his qualities and it became a positive point in his career. His responsibility has increased, not the pressure, ”he added.
It was Lad who first gave Rohit the opportunity to lead cricket in school and Rohit rarely failed.
“I had felt his leadership qualities since school days. I remember the time in cricket in school, when I asked him to lead the team, he used to win games on his own.
“In one case the team was 30-40 for five or six and he opened the innings chasing 220-230.
“I was nervous and thought we had lost the game. I texted him to lead the game to the end, he replied by saying “I will make sure we win the game” and we won it in the end, “he added.
Lad, however, declined to give a definitive answer when asked if Rohit should lead the team in testing in Australia in the absence of Virat Kohli.
“I can’t say anything about it. It depends on the BCCI and the selectors. If Rohit has a chance to lead he will do some good as we have seen in the past when he was captain of India in a few tournaments like the Nidahas Trophy, where we emerged champions.
“I cannot say that Rohit should be appointed captain. But if we give him (the opportunity), then he can prove something too. Virat is more aggressive while Rohit is calm and collected. He leads with a cool head, ”Lad said.