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‘You need to focus’ – Mitchell Johnson makes big statement on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy

Recently, India failed to qualify for the final of the Asia Cup 2022.
Mitchell Johnson, Rohit Sharma
Mitchell Johnson, Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Since Rohit Sharma took over India’s T20I captaincy, the team is yet to lose a bilateral series. Overall, he has led the team in 39 games and the team has won 31 of them from 2017 to 2022. Before becoming the full-time captain last year, Sharma led the team on an interim basis on a few occasions. Meanwhile, he is only behind MS Dhoni in terms of wins in the shortest format.

During the Asia Cup 2022, the 35-year-old left behind Virat Kohli who has 30 wins in 50 games. Talking about Dhoni, he has 41 wins in 72 games. Notably, he is still on top in terms of wins even after leaving the captaincy in 2017. Sharma had his first setback as the captain of India in the continental tournament which concluded recently. The team failed to qualify for the final after losing to Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Reacting to that, the two-time World Cup winner for Australia, Mitchell Johnson has said that the best player in the team needs to keep scoring runs as it helps the team’s confidence. The former left-arm pacer added that Virat Kohli changed the focus of the team when he became the captain.

“It is good for India when their best player can make runs and keep the side confident. He is that player who changed the focus of the team when he took on the captaincy. The team will be happy that he is scoring runs,” said Johnson was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Indians are used to playing big games: Mitchell Johnson

Talking about India’s chances in the upcoming 20-20 World Cup, Johnson is confident that the Asian team will do well. He added that India is used to playing big due to their experience of playing in the Indian T20 League.

“When it comes to World Cup, you just enjoy the moment. You need to focus, they are all big games. Indians are used to playing big games because of IPL, playing in front of large crowds with a lot of pressure. I think all that stuff (Asia Cup performance) will be behind them,” he added.

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