MSK Prasad on Captaincy: “We want everybody to think like leaders”

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 12/10/2018

MSK Prasad on Captaincy: The Chief Selector has laid emphasis on building leaders other than the leader within the team.

With India winning the Nidahas Trophy and the Asia Cup under the leadership of stand-in captain Rohit Sharma earlier this year, it had created a plenty of talks about whether the reigns of the limited-overs side should be given to the 31-year old Sharma.

Apart from being practical, the suggestion would have also decreased the load from regular captain Virat Kohli’s shoulders. However, whether the management will take such a drastic step remained the question.

After announcing the ODI squad for the first two ODIs against West Indies later this month, India’s Chief Selector MSK Prasad was asked about the notion of having two captain in the same playing eleven. Prasad said that apart from these two leaders, the selection committee is looking at building each member of the squad as a leader.

During an interaction with the media after the announcement, he was quoted, “In 2015, Virat had taken over as a captain of the Test team. Subsequently, in all formats in 2017. He has led the team from the front.

“We are No. 1 [No. 2 in ODIs and T20Is] in all formats of the game. As a player and captain, he has excelled. Whenever a need arised, whether it is Ajinkya Rahane [Tests] or Rohit Sharma [limited-overs formats], they did reasonably well.”

“Apart from them, we want everybody to think like leaders. We are looking at that aspect. The day where all the 15 players start thinking like leaders, we will be an unbeatable side and in that process Rohit has emerged and Ajinkya has led and we all want all the others to rise to that level and start thinking about themselves as the leader of this team.”

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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