Yuvraj Singh has endorsed Rohit Sharma for the Twenty20 and ODI captaincy in the near future. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Rohit Sharma, along with Virat Kohli, have transformed the fortunes of the Indian cricket team. At the top of the order, Rohit Sharma has been in sublime form and taken the attack to the bowlers while in the middle order, Virat Kohli has been the bedrock for their dominance. Rohit Sharma is one of the modern legends of limited-overs cricket along with Kohli but Yuvraj Singh has a different take on Rohit. In a conversation during a Youtube chat show, Yuvraj said Rohit was a lot like former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq for one particular reason. "I think when he came into the Indian team, he looked like somebody who had a lot of time. He reminded me of Inzamam-ul-Haq, because, when he batted, Inzi had a lot of time (to play the bowlers)," Yuvraj said.
Yuvraj had earlier said it won't be a bad idea to split captaincy in the Indian cricket team, with Kohli taking care of the Test and ODIs while Rohit, who has won four titles for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, could be in charge of the Twenty20 format. "I don't really know. They (team management) have to decide how much workload Virat can take. Do they need to try somebody else for T20? It completely depends on how they want to go for the future. Virat has been the best batsman. How to manage his workload? It is completely team management's call," Yuvraj said.
Rohit Sharma donated Rs 80 lakh to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country. It is to be noted that Rohit Sharma has donated Rs 45 lakh to Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation Fund (PM-CARES Fund) and Rs 25 lakh to CM's Relief Fund (Maharashtra). Additionally, he has given Rs 5 lakh to 'Zomato Feeding India' and another Rs 5 lakh to help aid the welfare of stray dogs.
Rohit Sharma was like Inzamam-ul-Haq in that he had time to play fast bowling, according to Yuvraj Singh. (Image credit: Getty Images)
In a tweet, the vice-captain of the Indian ODI team said, "We need our country back on feet & the onus is on us. I've done my bit to donate 45lakhs to #PMCaresFunds, 25lakhs to #CMReliefFund Maharashtra, 5lakhs to @FeedingIndia and 5lakhs to #WelfareOfStrayDogs. Let's get behind our leaders and support them @narendramodi @CMOMaharashtra." Rohit is not too concerned about whether the IPL will start on April 15. For him, it is all about improving the situation first regarding the coronavirus. "We should first think about the country. The situation needs to get better first then we can talk about the IPL. Let life get back to normal first," Rohit said in an Instagram chat with his team-mate Yuzvendra Chahal.
The highest cases of coronavirus in India is in the state of Maharashtra and Mumbai, a city that is crowded all the time, wore a deserted look and Rohit admitted that it was a surprising feeling. "I haven't seen Bombay like this before. As cricketers, we don't get time with family. So much of tours and cricket is there. This is a time to spend with them and loads of it," Rohit said. In another chat with former England player Kevin Pietersen, Rohit said the resumption of the IPL can wait. "At some stage, when things settle down, it might happen, who knows," Rohit said.