It is quite well known that doing captaincy in domestic or in IPL is different thing but when it comes for the nation and living up to the expectations of its people, everything changes. Rohit Sharma has been a great leader for the Mumbai Indians and under his captaincy, Mumbai are 3 times IPL champions but past records do not matter because at that time you are captaining around 24 crore people in India and all the eyes are on you. Rohit Sharma’s debut as a captain for Team India was not so rememberable and not only Rohit Sharma but no Captain needs this type of debut but in cricket anything can happen at anytime.
Rohit Sharma had a forgettable captaincy debut as the Indian team was completely outplayed by Sri Lanka in the 1st ODI of the series at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala. Deciding to bowl first, the Lankan bowlers were right on the money making the most of the seaming conditions on offer. They had the Indians down on their knees and it was only because of MS Dhoni’s valiant knock that the team got past the 100-run mark.
From 29/7 he took them to 112 with his half century, he scored 65 with the help of 10 fours and a couple of sixes. Suranga Lakmal was the pick of the bowlers returning with figures of 10-4-13-4. But, given how the conditions were changing, it wasn’t going to be enough. By the time the Lankan batters took guard most of the moisture from the surface had dried out and the conditions were getting better for batting with every passing over.
The Indian bowlers tried well and given a early break through but the target was too small and with no pressure of the scoring rate it was just a matter of time. Upul Tharanga’s 49 and unbeaten 20s from Niroshan Dickwella and Angelo Mathews Sri Lanka got over the line with 7 wickets in hand.
“Two games to go, but having said that, we were not up to the mark today with the bat. Not enough runs on the board. The bowlers came out and did what they could. If we had 70-80 more runs, it could have been different, but we lost the match with the bat today. We want to thrive in these type of conditions and come out good. We won’t always get to play on flat pitches. Today was not the ideal day for all our batters. It was an eye-opener. Hopefully we can regroup and come back in the next two matches. (MS Dhoni) has done it for so many years and he knows exactly how to bat in these situations. Someone else with him could have made the difference but he was battling alone. Not such a great experience (captaining India for the first time), because we lost, but we’ve got to forget what happened, and come back in the next two games,” Rohit sharma said during the post match presentation.
The only good thing to happen for the Indian team was to see what MS Dhoni can do and getting to know that an experience player is very important to any cricketing side and if each one of the players had contributed with him, the outcome of the match could have been different.