Ready For Captaincy When the Opportunity Comes: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma’s record as a stand-in captain has been quite illustrious and on Friday he made it clear that whenever the opportunity comes along, he would be "ready" to take up the responsibility of full-time captaincy.
Under Rohit, India have already won two close multi-nation tournaments -- the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka and now the Asia Cup in Dubai.
A three-time IPL winning captain of Mumbai Indians, Rohit was asked if he is ready for a long-term leadership role in future.
There are challenges of a stand-in captain, Rohit admitted, adding that the main objective is to allow players to play freely without thinking about their places in the team.
"It's a challenge for any team when few of your senior players are rested. Obviously, they will make a comeback and few of the guys have to miss out. Every team is doing that and also guys understand that,” said Rohit.
"I understand the dynamics of this team, how we play our cricket and how we want to go forward as a team. I think in this tournament we have ticked all the boxes," Rohit looked satisfied after accomplishing his task.
Rohit made it clear that his philosophy of leadership is to help players shed insecurities while playing for the country. He in fact assured the likes of Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik that they will be playing all games.
"When we came here (Dubai), I wanted to give them the assurance that they will be playing all games. That's how you make players. If you know after two games you are going to get dropped, it's not easy for any player,” said Rohit.
He agreed that No's 4 and 6 are still not settled and the picture would be clearer closer to the World Cup.
Rohit was more happy with the fact that a young team achieved so much.
"It was very young team that we brought here (for Asia Cup). Not many boys had the experience of playing in these conditions. It was hot. It wasn't easy for the boys to adapt because they had come from England. It was very important to get used to the conditions,” said Rohit
Fitness was an issue in gruelling conditions, admitted Rohit.
"The message was to focus on the fitness because we haven't played in conditions like this before. I think this was a big challenge for us. The conditions here were quite slow and there was help for the slow bowlers.
The skipper also praised his spinners for their consistent show.
"Even today (Friday), if you see, the way Bangladesh started in the first 10-15 overs and after that the way our spinners brought us back in the game. Our spinners' performance in the last six-eight months has been consistent. It's been a positive sign."