Heaping praise on Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, coach John Wright said that the youngster was “one of most natural captains” and under-estimating him as a leader would be a mistake.
“Rohit is one of those guys who just jump into the role and fit into it like a glove,” Wright said.
“His tactical decisions have been great, which is very important on the field. But leadership is all about performance, and Rohit has led the team from the front. He has done an outstanding job and I don’t think he should be underestimated,” he added.
Wright, however, pointed out that as a defending champions` skipper, Rohit would face challenges.
“He will always be faced with a challenge. This time, he comes in as the defending captain, which is not easy. But his captaincy adds a lot to this team, and what he has contributed to this team should not be undermined. In some of the big games last season, I don’t think he put a foot wrong. I think he’s one of the most natural captains I have ever met,” Wright told the IPL’s official website.
Speaking on his team’s composition and their options in the tournament, Wright said, “There’s an air of expectancy. All the teams have a different make-up this time, and from our point of view, we have a core of players from last year as well as some new additions, which is interesting.”
On playing the first leg of the tournament in the UAE, Wright said his team was well organised.
“Sometimes, combinations are governed by conditions, but that is not the case here. We had a look at the wicket and there was a bit of grass, so it should be a good wicket. Our selection should be very much what we had thought of. We’re pretty well organised,” he said.