Brad Haddin finds the ‘best’ way to answer the much-debated question: ‘Is India better under Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli?’ questions | Cricket


Former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has drawn comparisons between the captaincy styles of Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma and found the ‘best’ possible way to answer a question that asked ‘who led the Indian team best?’ Kohli and Rohit are two modern-day greats of the game, both having a strong track record as captain. Kohli, in fact, is India’s most successful Test captain, and while Rohit may not reach that level, he has surely made rapid progress in ODIs and T20Is.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma (left) and Virat Kohli at the 2023 World Cup (AFP)

Beyond the captaincy stats and numbers, Haddin gave immense respect to the way Kohli helped the team move forward after MS Dhoni imbibing a ruthless attitude in his players. Things like the introduction of the Yo-Yo Test and the epic ’60 overs of hell’ became synonymous with the way India played cricket, and for that Haddin couldn’t help but rave. marvel at Kohli’s achievements as captain between 2015/2017 and 2021.

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“That’s a damn good question. Now I will answer this question: I thought Virat changed the way India prepared for their cricket. They were really ready. He held his playing group to a high standard and he’s one of those captains that said, ‘I’m not going to make you do anything that I don’t do myself,'” Haddin said on the LiSTNER podcast.

“You have seen the athleticism of the Indian cricket team change and their mentality towards it. They were feeling energetic, physically fit and they dove when Virat Kohli took over. And when they faced Australia, he didn’t back down. He changed a lot about the modern game in India and the way India played.

But Rohit is also good tactically, says Haddin

But if Kohli has received Haddin’s nod, Rohit also finds himself in the former Australian keeper’s good books. Since taking over as India’s full-time captain, Rohit has led India to the final of the 2nd World Test Championship, the semi-final of the T20 World Cup, the Asia Cup title and masterminded India’s unique run to the 2023 ODI World Cup.

But for Haddin, the greatness of Rohit, the captain, lies in his incredible tactics and his ability to keep the team together. Listen to Ravichandran Ashwin and Yashasvi Jaiswal’s recent anecdotes about Rohit being a player’s captain, with Haddin’s view reiterating the same.

“But on the other hand, Rohit Sharma is as good a captain tactically as you will see. He had a lot of success in IPL. He has been captain there since the departure of Ricky Ponting. And it would have lasted more than 10 years. The players play for him and tactically he is as good as you will get in India and non-subcontinent conditions. That’s the best I can answer that question,” he said.

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