Rohit Sharma played a captain's innings to steer India to a 88-run win over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 International at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Friday. In the absence of regular skipper, Rohit has taken the responsibility of leading an international side in his stride and done quite well. He has been praised by former India players for the way he has handled his bowlers and captained the side and Rohit's pro-active captaincy was on showcase again in Indore right after he was dismissed following his brilliant knock.
Rohit smashed 118 off 43 balls to decimate the Sri Lankan bowling attack, notching the joint-fastest T20I hundred. But what caught the eye was the fact that even after his blitz, Rohit was in captain mode and when asked by coach Ravi Shastri who to send in next, Rohit signalled for MS Dhoni.
Even VVS Laxman, who was in the commentary box at the time, praised Rohit his decision to bring Dhoni up the order.
Moment Of The Match— Prashant Pareek (@prashan235) December 22, 2017
Ms Dhoni#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/AFeJ1s9WPe
Fans on Twitter were all praise for Rohit's captaincy and his decision to bring Dhoni up the order.
Rohit Sharma calling Dhoni to bat at No. 3 was— Vishav (@vishav_d) December 22, 2017
His decisions have been the Best from the Start of his Captaincy career
**Rohit Sharma gets out**— Gurpreet Singh (@Guru4848) December 22, 2017
In Signal Language
Ravi Shastri - Who to send in Next??
Rohit - MS Dhoni at no.3
That's why he is so good
Giving it back very well to MSD what MSD did to his Career making him an opener
Great to see#INDvSL #INDvsSL
As soon as Rohit Sharma got out, he gestured towards the pavilion for sending MS DHONI to bat at 3!— MSDian Shubham Dogra (@Shubham513) December 22, 2017
WOW! You're a gem Rohit!
May you become full time captain. #INDvSL
MS Dhoni Knew True Worth Of Rohit Sharma And Gave Him Opening Spot When He Was Captain, Great To See Rohit Sharma Giving #Dhoni The Position He Deserves. #INDvSL #RohitSharma #INDvsSL #MSDhoni @ImRo45 @msdhoni @harbhajan_singh #Copy— Prince Rai (@Rai4Prince) December 22, 2017
Rohit Sharma is utilizing Dhoni better than Virat KOHLI.— Siddharth Jha (@jha_siddhus94) December 22, 2017
Dhoni should bat up the order always. Great captaincy Rohit . #INDvSL
Again sent Dhoni up the order! Just loving Rohit Sharma's captaincy!!!— Mayur (@sakhtlaundaa) December 22, 2017
Dhoni At No.3— Yash (@imyash19) December 22, 2017
Rohit Sharma Is Winning Hearts By His Captaincy Too#INDvSL
Speaking after the win in the opening T20I at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Rohit had made it amply clear that No.4 was the ideal spot for Dhoni.
"MSD, he’s just class. No. 4 really paid off. He’s played so many games for us, won so many games for us and moving forward, we feel making him bat at No. 4 is ideal. That allows Manish and Dinesh (Karthik) to finish games off,” Rohit said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
"For a long period of time, MS has been finishing games off, but we want him to bat freely now, without that pressure."