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Since Cricket World Cup 2023 final heartbreak, India captain Rohit Sharma returns to international cricket for the first time and leads the Indian team in the 2-match test series against South Africa. While Rohit and several other Indian cricketers are still expected to be a bit heartbroken over what happened against Australia in the World Cup final, Rohit will be a man in the spotlight over several affairs that have taken place in the past few weeks. As Rohit’s future in the Indian team remains uncertain, former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull has called him the ‘most selfless cricketer’ he has seen in a long time.
Ahead of the start of the Test series, Doull couldn’t stop praising Rohit for how he has led the Indian team and become the most selfless version of himself.
“It will be about tempering his game a little bit. The one thing I’ve observed about Rohit Sharma in the last 10-18 months is that he’s probably been the most selfless Indian cricketer I’ve seen in a long time, long time. He has done everything he possibly could for his team to win. He made this team, he played a certain way to allow the others on the team to play the way they play in white- ball cricket in particular,” Doull told Star Sports after India won the ODI series on Thursday.
Doull also feels that Rohit is no longer just a good white-ball captain. The Kiwi cricketer-turned-commentator sees new and improved leadership qualities in Hitman.
“In the World Cup we saw him set the tone at the top of the order, allowing the middle order to play the way they did. So it’s a little change for him, not too much. I still want him to be the aggressive Rohit Sharma. We see it in Test matches,” he added.
“The captain thing. He’s really getting better. He’s become a very, very good captain. He was always a very good white-ball captain, but I think he’s become a little more aggressive red-ball captain. I’m looking for looking forward to seeing more of that throughout this series,” added Doull.
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