Former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting has supported Rohit Sharma for leading India in Tests by looking at his outstanding record as a captain.
Earlier this month, Virat Kohli discontinues his Test captaincy after India lost to South Africa in a three-match Test series by 1-2. Last year, Kohli had also stood down from the T20 captaincy and then was also removed from the ODI captaincy, after the selectors needed one captain for white-ball formats.
The ICC website quoted Ponting saying that when he was a part of the Mumbai Indians when Rohit was chosen as the captain. He was bought in the Auction to be the captain of the Mumbai franchise but unfortunately, he wasn’t playing well enough in the initial matches to keep himself into the team. Due to this, Ponting had to make room for another international player to come in the line.
The owners and the team management wanted to know from Ponting, that who can be the perfect fit in leading Mumbai Indians. There were a few names thrown around between the owners and coaches, but for Ponting, it was very clear that Rohit Sharma is the only guy who could lead the team.
Pointing believes that the 34-year-old has been a very successful leader and has led India on a few occasions as well.
“If I go back to what I said at the start about being on the top of your game when taking over the role of captaincy, then it is very hard to argue after what he has done with Test cricket in the last 2 to 3 years. He has played as well as anybody in the world through that period, and we know how good he is as a white-ball player”, said Ponting to ANI.
He further said that now the BCCI will have a decision to make regarding what they want to do with their captains’ role as well, whether they split roles or they want to keep the same captain in all formats.