The captain of the Indian national cricket team, Rohit Sharma, is undoubtedly one of the most successful T20I captains of all time. However, former Australian National Cricket Team left arm pacemaker Mitchell Johnson believes it was under the leadership of Virat Kohli that the Men in Blue shifted their focus to the T20I format.
Rohit took over as T20I captain following Kohli’s decision to step down as T20I skipper after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. Since he became full-time captain, the 35-year-old has won 14 of 18 games. Overall, Rohit-led India has won 31 of the 39 T20Is.
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Meanwhile, Johnson said Kohli, who recently marked his 71st international century, has shifted Team India’s focus to the T20I format under his leadership.
“It’s good for India when their best player can make runs and keep the confidence of the team. He (Kohli) is that player who changed the focus of the team when he took over as captain. The team will be happy that he is scoring runs,” Johnson said in an interview with the Asian News International (ANI) news agency in reference to Kohli’s century against Afghanistan.
Indians are used to playing big games because of IPL – Mitchell Johnson
Johnson further said that India’s national cricket team players are used to playing big matches thanks to the Indian Premier League (IPL) adding that Men In Blue can perform well in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
“When it comes to the World Cup, you just enjoy the moment. You need to focus, they are all great games. The Indians are used to playing big matches due to the IPL, playing in front of huge crowds with a lot of pressure. I think all of that (Asian Cup performance) will be behind us,” he added.
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