Before their big Asia Cup Super 4 match against Pakistan, Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian cricket team, had some interesting things to say about his friendship with Virat Kohli and his admiration for the head coach, Rahul Dravid.
Rohit became the captain last year, taking over from Kohli, and Dravid took charge as the head coach after Ravi Shastri. Under Rohit’s leadership, India did well in the T20 World Cup and reached the final of the World Test Championship, although they didn’t win.
In a recent interview, Rohit shared that he and Kohli always have in-depth discussions about the teams they are going to face before a series or a big tournament. He said, “During the batting, it’s about what the bowler is bowling and the conditions. When we meet series to series, we discuss the opposition players. What to do and what not.”
Rohit also talked about his respect for Rahul Dravid, with whom he made his debut in 2007. He emphasized that being a good person is important before anything else. He said, “I have a huge respect for him (Rahul Dravid) for what he is as a person firstly and then obviously as a cricketer. It’s because you need to be a good person first and then a cricketer, footballer, doctor, etc.”
Rohit also revealed one of Dravid’s fundamental rules as a head coach, saying, “I made my debut under him, though I didn’t play long. He doesn’t like any communication gap with any player or support staff. His first rule is to communicate.”
So, it’s clear that Rohit, Kohli, and Dravid value communication and teamwork, which are essential qualities for success in cricket. They may have different roles now, but their friendship and respect for each other continue to play a crucial role in the Indian cricket team’s journey.