Rohit Sharma's record as stand-in captain has been quite impressive and he made it clear on Saturday that whenever the opportunity comes along, he would be "ready" for full-time captaincy.
Under Rohit Sharma, India have won two close multi-nation tournaments- the T20 tri-nation in Sri Lanka and now the Asia Cup 50-over tournament. A three-time IPL winning captain of Mumbai Indians, Rohit was asked if he is ready for a long-term leadership role in the future.
"Definitely. We have just won so I will surely be ready (for captaincy). Whenever the opportunity comes, I will be ready," a smiling Rohit told reporters after India' Asia Cup triumph.
There are challenges that a stand-in captain faces, Rohit admitted, adding that the main objective is to allow players to play freely without thinking about their places in the team. "It's a challenge for any team when a few of your senior players are rested. Obviously, they will make a comeback and a few of the guys have to miss out. Every team is doing that which is something the guys understand,"
"It's up to them whenever they get an opportunity to make it big and make it count but for us- myself as a captain and our coach, we have to make sure that they have the liberty to go out and play their game without feeling any pressure," said Rohit.
"I understand the dynamics of this team, how we play our cricket and how we want to go forward ...