Rohit Sharma is a fantastic player and a good leader, says new Mumbai Indians coach Mark Boucher | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: New Mumbai Indians head coach Mark Boucher is looking forward to the challenge to mentor five-time champions in the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2023.
Boucher heaped praise on MI skipper Rohit Sharma, who is ruled out of the ongoing two-match Test series against Bangladesh due to a thumb injury, saying the India captain is a “fantastic player” and a “good leader”.
The former South African coach has replaced Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene, who has moved into the role of MI’s global head of performance with added responsibility of overseeing MI Emirates (ILT20) and MI Cape Town (SA20).
Rohit has guided Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles but they finished 10th and last in the 2022 edition of the tournament.
Boucher also highlighted the similarities between him and Rohit and is looking forward to speak to the MI captain in detail.
“It’s going to be quite interesting (meeting with Rohit). I have played against Rohit before. I think he is a fantastic player and a good leader as well, so I’m really looking forward to it,” said Boucher in a media release.
“I think we have one or two things in common. I know he likes conservation, so that will be an interesting chat as well. So, yeah, I think there are certain ways that I coach and it will be an interesting conversation to have with him.”
Boucher has had a long and illustrious career with the Proteas as a player and coach is quite aware of the expectations.
“Yes, there are always expectations. It is one of the best franchises in world sport. And with that comes a lot of responsibility. So, I am quite a guy who is driven by results, I am very result oriented as well. So, I know that I have got to perform and the players have to perform as well. I am really looking forward to that challenge,” said Boucher.
Mumbai holds a special place for Boucher since his U-19 days as it was the first place that he visited in India and loves the buzz around the city.
“I’ve always really enjoyed Mumbai. It is the first place that I ever went to when I came to India on the Under-19 tour and I was amazed by the buzz and hype around Mumbai and I’m sure when I get back there I’ll feel the same sort of space as well,” said Boucher.

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