How has the Hitman fared?


Opening batsman Rohit Sharma was recently named the Indian cricket team’s white-ball captain, ending Virat Kohli’s tenure. It was eight years as a skipper.

Rohit Sharma, who led India’s 3-0 T20I series win against New Zealand, would have preferred to be in charge of South Africa’s team in three ODIs. But, an injury forced him out of the series. His stint as the permanent captain began against West Indies on February 6th, 2022. The hitman then scored a half-century.

Rohit Sharma’s white-ball credentials are staggering. While he has sizeable captaincy experience in the shortest format, he is relatively new as a captain in 50-over cricket. 

Rohit Sharma’s ODI captaincy record

Rohit Sharma was the Indian cricket captain for only 13 ODIs since his debut against Sri Lanka at Dharamsala in December 2017. Although he lost his debut ODI match as captain, he won nine of his eleven matches as skipper. He has only lost against Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Matches Won Lost Tied NR Win%
13 11 2 84.61%

India has won ODIs against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Hong Kong this time. His win/loss ratio during this period is impressive, but his batting record is even better. 

Rohit Sharma scored 621 runs in 13 matches as an ODI Captain. This includes three-hundredth-centuries and one-hundred runs.

Rohit Sharma’s ODI captaincy record against other teams
Team Played Won Lost
Sri Lanka 3 2 1
New Zealand 2 1 1
Pakistan 2 2 0
Bangladesh 2 2 0
Hong Kong 1 1 0
West Indies 3 3 0

Interestingly, under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, India lifted the Asia Cup Trophy in 2018. The tournament was played in Hong Kong, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bangladesh. Rohit scored 163 runs over two matches that included a century and half-century and was ruthless against arch-rivals Pakistan.

India beat Bangladesh in the final by three wickets to mark Rohit Sharma’s first win as captain in a multi-national tournament.

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