Rohit Sharma has been the most successful captain in the history of the IPL and his achievements as skipper have even paled MS Dhoni’s heroics as skipper. Rohit was handed over the captaincy of the Mumbai Indians in the middle of the 2013 season as Ricky Ponting decided to drop himself due to horrible form.
That’s the nature of the beast as one is allowed only 4 foreign players in a franchise and therefore if you have an overseas player as skipper, then they have to be in top notch form. Even Kumar Sangakkara dropped himself as skipper of the now defunct Deccan Chargers due to the runs drying up.
In hindsight however, Mumbai Indians would not be complaining as Rohit has won the IPL, literally every other season for the Ambani- owned franchise. Rohit Sharma in a chat with Ashwin described the whole process that led him to be captain.
Rohit Sharma said, “Ricky Ponting was present in the auction in 2013. In 2012, Sachin Tendulkar had said that he will not do captaincy in the next season and Harbhajan Singh got the captaincy in place of him.”
Right-hand batsman Rohit Sharma said, “I didn’t understand why Bhajji Paa was made the captain. I believed that I will be the captain of the team. But Mumbai Indians bought Ricky Ponting in the auction. In 2013, Ricky Ponting is the first player who came to India. He wanted to understand everyone. He said, he wants a team bonding session before playing. It made a positive impact on everyone and inspired a lot of young players .”
“He was not scoring runs, therefore he left the captaincy. In the 2013 season, He was a coach more than a player. He was always ready to help me,” Rohit explained.