Darren Sammy, Former West Indian Captain has said that Rohit Sharma is as good as MSD while playing on the field.

Rohit Sharma is back in the brigade after recovering from the Injury he had, and has an experience boasting 5 times IPL title winner. He will be leading the Indian Team against WI for the series starting in February in India under strict bubbles.

Rohit was upgraded as captain after a tussle Kohli had with the board were he was dethroned as ODI captain in hurry.

“Kohli has been exceptional with his performances on the field. I don’t think it will affect the team,” Sammy told PTI on the sidelines of Legends League Cricket here.

“Rohit has been an excellent captain (with Mumbai Indians), a good motivational leader. I’ve watched him captaining Mumbai in the IPL. He’s among the captains who have won like MS Dhoni, (Gautam) Gambhir…”.

“All these guys can manage to get performances from their teammates. These captains normally get results and win trophies. I’m not worried about Indian cricket. It’s in good hand,” the 38-year-old Darren Sammy added.

Sammy recollected how Dhoni finished the game for Chennai Super Kings with a six-ball 18 not out, smashing three boundaries in the last over against Delhi Capitals in the semifinal last season.

CSK won their fourth IPL title in 2021 beating Kolkata Knight Riders in the final.

“You see guys like MS… He didn’t do much the entire season but when the team needed him to fire in the playoffs, he was out there in full flow,” Sammy said.

Sammy said it will not be a cakewalk for India in the upcoming white-ball series and the Kieron Pollard-led side should “fancy their chances”.

West Indies had bounced back from a shock 1-2 ODI series defeat against Ireland to lead the ongoing five-match T20I home series against England 2-1.

“I believe Pollard will definitely fancy his chances (against India). He has been playing in India for so long, he knows the conditions well.

“At the (ongoing) England series, we have unearthed some new talents. I think West Indies could go out there (India) and do well.”

Asked whether it would be an advantage for the West Indies considering India’s struggle in their last series, Sammy said: “India have always been strong at home, they are a force to reckon with because of some really good one-day players.”

Talking about Inclusion of Kemar Roach in the team, Darren Sammy said “We need bowlers who can take wickets in both the ODI and T20 series. Kemar is a quality bowler. We all know his records in Test cricket. He gets wickets with the new ball.

“When you play against quality guys, especially in India, you need guys to get breakthroughs with the new ball. If not, you could find chasing 300-plus especially on good Indian wickets.

“So I could understand the selection process behind it,” Sammy said hailing the Desmon Haynes-led selection committee’s decision.


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