Rohit Sharma holds the record for most titles as captain in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), winning five of them and all for Mumbai Indians. Purchased in 2011 by the franchise, Rohit became the skipper in 2013 and thereby changed the fortunes of Mumbai Indians. However, well before his transfer to Mumbai, former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist had identified his captaincy and former MI cricketer revealed that Rohit was in line to become the captain of Deccan Chargers.
Rohit joined the Chargers during the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League for $ 750,000, where he played three seasons under Gilchrist before moving to Mumbai.
Pragyan Ojha, who spoke to Cricbuzz on Sunday, who played with Rohit at Deccan and played under him in Mumbai between 2013 and 2015, revealed that Gilchrist had identified Rohit as his successor to the franchise and had also included him in the think tank.
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“As a batsman, he was extraordinary. At that time, even the Mumbai domestic team did not see him as a captain. But I clearly remember that when Adam Gilchrist was captain, he kept Rohit in the think tank. He felt that way Rohit “the clarity he showed and the ability he showed in pressure situations, he could have leadership qualities. And when his input started to come in, he felt confident that he could be the captain,” he said.
The former India cricketer revealed that if there had been no auction after the third season, Rohit would have led the Deccan side well before he was appointed captain of Mumbai Indians, who had also identified him as a future captain option.
“If there had been no auction after the third season, Rohit would probably have led the Deccan Chargers side before leading the Mumbai Indians team. For Gilchrist had already said ‘Rohit is ready now’. But in the auction it is not in the hands of one, and everyone knew that Mumbai Indians would go to Rohit Sharma because they felt to Sachin Tendulkar that if anyone could lead the way, it would be Rohit, “he added.
Unfortunately for Deccan Chargers, the franchise was disbanded in 2012, a year before Rohit was named captain of Mumbai.