In Rohit Sharma’s 1st ODI captaincy, Gavaskar praises him but identifies an area of concern

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Modified Feb 8, 2022 10:47 AM IST

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Sunil Gavaskar praised Rohit Sharma’s leadership abilities as India’s new white-ball skipper on Sunday. During that time, he flagged concern about his captaincy. Despite losing by six wickets in their chase of 177 in India’s historic 1000th ODI and Rohit Sharma’s first full-time ODI assignment, the team now leads the series 1-0.

Rohit Gavaskar told Star Sports after India’s victory at the Narendra Modi Stadium that he lauded his captaincy choices with his field placements and bowling changes but conceded that he must station better fielders at crucial positions. Gavaskar cited the example of Prasidh Krishna, who was asked to play near the boundary ropes, and he believes that Rohit should have used someone such as Washington Sundar in the deep sense that he has good throwing ability and is a good chaser of the ball. According to him, fielders such as Krishna and Ishan Kishan should be kept inside the 30-yard circle, and players such as Sundar should be kept in the deep. Nonetheless, the veteran cricketer backed Rohit to make amends in the second match as it was his first match in charge and he is still getting to know his players.

”In terms of fielding, he had Prasidh Krishna today, who is a work in progress. Ishan Kishan, who doesn’t have the best throwing arm, should be in the middle and somewhere inside.” The second ODI will take place on February 9.