Asia Cup 2018: Can Rohit Sharma shine as a captain once again?

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first_imgIndia head into the Asia Cup 2018 without Virat Kohli but the Men in Blue are still the favourites to lift the trophy their talismanic batsman.One of the main reasons behind India being considered as the favourites in this six-team event is Rohit Sharma.The Mumbai batsman will not only lead the batting lineup but will also get the opportunity to lead the team in the absence of regular skipper Kohli, who has been rested from the tournament which starts from September 15.MS Dhoni’s chance to answer critics after average England seriesBut India shouldn’t have anything to worry about as Rohit has proved to be a brilliant captain in the past.Out of the 12 limited-overs matches that Rohit has led, India has lost just 2 matches so far – 1 T20I and 1 ODI.Pant ideal replacement for Dhoni after 2019 World Cup, feels Virender SehwagEarlier this year in March, Rohit led India in the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka which was a T20I tri-series played between Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.India just lost the first game against the hosts but then went on to beat Sri Lanka once and Bangladesh thrice, including the thrilling final in which Dinesh Karthik played that memorable knock of 29 not out off 8 balls, to lift the trophy in the absence of Kohli.#HeroNidahasTrophy Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) March 18, 2018Asia Cup 2018: Will Virat Kohli’s absence hurt India’s chances?Before that Rohit led India against Sri Lanka last year in the three ODIs and three T20I series at home in December.advertisementIndia just lost the first ODI against the visitors but then went on to beat them in the next five games – 2 ODIs and 3 T20Is – to emerge victorious and clinch both the series.Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and 7 other Team India members depart early for Asia CupRohit has been a terrific captain at Mumbai Indians over the years and is the second skipper after MS Dhoni to bag three Indian Premier League titles.His record as India captain is also highly impressive mainly because his average goes up over 108 whenever he has got the opportunity to be in charge of the national team in the blue jersey.As captain Rohit has played 3 ODIs and scored 217 runs including a 208 not out which came against Sri Lanka in the above mentioned series.In T20Is, Rohit has led the team 9 times and won 8 games scoring 346 runs at an impressive average of 38.44 with two fifties and a highest score of 118.The stats and records are certainly in Rohit’s favour heading into the Asia Cup now and with experienced heads in MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik in the team, India’s campaign looks in safe hands in Kohli’s absence.last_img read more