“He is Not Ready For Captaincy”- Shoaib Akhtar Criticizes Rohit Sharma for being the captain of India’s T20I team
Many started to doubt Team India’s performance at ICC competitions in general after the team failed to take home a trophy at the T20 World Cup in Australia. India performed admirably during the group stage, but they were unable to continue this success during their semi-final defeat against England in Adelaide, where they were defeated by a margin of 10 wickets.
The topic of much debate has been the captain’s tenure in the role as well as his choices throughout the World Cup. Shoaib Akhtar, a former cricketer for Pakistan, was asked to assess Rohit’s leadership abilities and provided his honest assessment of whether or not he should remain in that position.
Rohit has been elevated to captain the side in this format this time around as a result of India’s dismal showing in T20 Internationals in the United Arab Emirates last year. Because of his strong record as captain, which included five IPL trophies, veterans thought that Rohit could snap the lengthy skid. India’s successful performance in bilateral matches over the previous year, when he was captain, gave him more confidence.
India’s World Cup performance was immediately noticeable, as the team won its first two matches before being stopped by South Africa. They lost their next game but came back to win the next two and the league round. But England simply outplayed India in the semis, and India lost by 10 wickets for the second time in a T20 World Cup match.
After the devastating loss, speaking to Zee News, Akhtar said that he didn’t think Rohit was ever ready for the captaincy role and questioned his seriousness for the role. He continued, saying that India will be wise to choose a new captain for the format now that Rohit seems to be retiring from it.
“Was he ready for the captaincy? I still haven’t received an answer to this question. We all knew that he wanted to be the skipper. But this is not an easy task to do. You have to live and breathe captaincy and also have to sacrifice family life. That is why Rohit should be spending more time with the team which will help him in building the team as well. He just looked a bit depressed and off,” Shoaib said.