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Rohit Sharma’s first series after being appointed as the full-time captain of the Indian cricket team in the T20I format of the game is going just as he had hoped. After two convincing victories against New Zealand, the Men in Blue have already won the series and will look to get the whitewash against the Kiwis in the third match in Kolkata on Sunday.
He is a skipper that everybody loves and adores. People felt that once Virat Kohli would step down from this position, it was Sharma’s to own, especially after becoming the most successful captain in the Indian Premier League as well.
However, with time, certain fans are beginning to feel a little bit of ‘Rohit Sharma overload’ in the Indian cricket community as whenever something good or praiseworthy happens within the dressing room, it is the skipper who gets the credit, even if he had absolutely nothing to do with it.
Exhibit A: After dismissing two important wickets from the Black Caps’ batting roster and helping his side restrict the touring team to a 153-run total in the first half of the match, debutant Harshal Patel was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’ recognition.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2021
Later in the day, when Patel was being casually interviewed by his teammate Yuzvendra Chahal, he revealed that he did not expect to win this award and felt that it was the Indian opener and vice-captain KL Rahul who deserved the recognition a lot more than him (Rahul scored a strong 65 off 49 balls with six 4s and two 6s).
It was a moment of pure camaraderie and mutual admiration, which is absolutely brilliant and a must-have for the Men in Blue considering the disappointment that they had recently faced during the T20 World Cup 2021. However, for some reason, it was Rohit Sharma once again, who was credited for Patel’s response:
Respect for each other under Rohitman’s Capitancy pic.twitter.com/Z5pvYMR8CU
— Eminent Socialist (@wnnabesocial) November 20, 2021
— King Rohit 15 (@KingRohit151) November 20, 2021
After Rohit’s captaincy takeover everyones a big family https://t.co/Ogd8nnSske
— Ketan (@ketanpunekarrr) November 20, 2021
This is where Kohli fans stepped in to make the rest of the world realise that it was under the leadership of the former skipper that such an environment of healthy coexistence and mutual respect was created and that Sharma was just reaping the benefits of whatever Kohli did with the Indian cricket team and with Royal Challengers Bangalore as well:
Culture of humbleness kohli build in this team
— Bleed blue (@Prana30060168) November 20, 2021
Virat team mates with his kind of mindset team player
— only king (@sarkar_upendra) November 20, 2021
Selfless RCB blood
— Shivam De Villiers™ (@shivamRajput_18) November 20, 2021
RCB blood pic.twitter.com/o8FYT8Xzqn
— CM Arjun Prasad (@DPKumar96) November 20, 2021