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Pragyan Ojha reveals how Adam Gilchrist saw leadership qualities in a young Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma has been appointed as the captain of India in ODIs and T20Is.© AFP

Former India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha reveals how the great Adam Gilchrist saw leadership qualities in Rohit Sharma when he started playing at the highest level. Ojha’s comments come after Rohit was named as India’s ODI and T20I captain on Wednesday. The opener will take over the ODI reins from Kohli in the upcoming series in South Africa in January. India has to play three ODIs in South Africa. Apart from the limited-overs set-up, Rohit was also promoted as the vice-captain of the Test team, replacing Ajinkya Rahane, who had been struggling for form of late.

Ojha said that when Rohit first came on the field he was not offered as a captain but when he was inducted into the leadership group of IPL franchise Deccan Chargers, he slowly started to gain confidence. The former attacking opener was an integral part of the DC set up and even led them to the IPL title in 2009.

“When Rohit first came to the Mumbai team, he was never projected as a leader. Slowly things started changing when he was kept in the core group of Deccan Chargers. Adam Gilchrist to make Rohit Sharma the vice-captain wanted.” Ojha said on Cricbuzz Live,

Rohit, who made his India debut in 2007 at the age of 20, played three seasons for Deccan Chargers before being picked by Mumbai Indians in 2011, where he became the most successful IPL captain.

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“It was probably just two years that he started playing international cricket, but when he gave feedback about certain players or gave a certain game plan, the team management started seeing leadership qualities in him. Deccan K Discussions had started within. The Chargers team said that if there was anyone to replace Gilchrist, it could be Rohit.

Ojha said, “Since then people’s perception about Rohit started changing that he is not only a capable batsman but can also become a captain in future.”

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