Mumbai, May 3: Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir believes that opener Rohit Sharma is among the greatest in limited-overs in the present time and credited Mahendra Singh Dhoni for Rohit's successful cricket career. "Where Rohit is today, it is because of MS Dhoni. One good thing about MS was that he always kept Rohit in the talks, even if he was not part of the team, he was always part of the group.
He never let him get sidelined," Gambhir told Sports Tak on Saturday. It's the backing of the captain that makes or breaks a player, Gambhir said.
“You can talk about the selection committee and team management, but if you do not have the backing from your captain, then it is all useless. Everything is in the hands of the captain. How MS Dhoni had backed Rohit Sharma over a period of time, I do not think any player has been given such support," the former cricketer said.
Rohit made his debut for India in 2007, but it was only after MS Dhoni promoted him as an opener in 2013 that his career turned around. The star opener is now the only player to have hit 3 ODI double hundreds and five World Cup centuries and that is all because he once had strong backing from Dhoni, Gambhir believes.
He also proved his mettle in the longest format of the game, after being promoted as an opener, observed the 2011 World Cup-winning member. "Rohit is the prime example of how a player's fortunes can turn around, if he is nurtured by the seniors. I hope the young cricketers in the current generation, be it Shubman Gill or Sanju Samson, they also get similar kind of support,” he said.
"And now when Rohit is a senior, I expect him to back youngsters. I expect Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to groom the youngsters in the same way, in which MS Dhoni groomed them," he added. (UNI)