Rohit Sharma picks the best footballer among his team-mates
Football in India is rising, as celebrities and leagues are working hard to promote the sport. In the same light, opener Rohit Sharma is the latest Indian cricketer to be associated with football, as he has been named the brand ambassador of La Liga. While he becomes the first-ever non-footballer brand ambassador, he revealed which Indian cricketer is the best footballer among his team-mates.
Rohit begins a new innings with La Liga
Hola India/España, as you guys know, football has always held a special place in my heart so this association is so special to me. And to be named the ambassador for the La Liga is so humbling. So excited for this partnership @LaLigaEN pic.twitter.com/prZFFSeHdV— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 12, 2019
Rohit rates Dhoni as the best footballer among Indian cricketers
Speaking in a La Liga event in Mumbai, Rohit said that he used to watch a lot of football matches while growing up, as it helped him catch a break from the sport of cricket. Upon being questioned on whom he would rate as the best footballer among Indian cricketers, he said, "I think MS Dhoni is the best footballer in our team."
Dhoni has tremendous interest in football, owns an ISL team
It seems Rohit is right in judging Dhoni as the best footballer in the Indian cricket team, since the latter is an avid fan of the sport. Further, Dhoni is also the co-owner of Chennaiyin FC, along with Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani. The club has created a special place in the Indian Super League (ISL), after winning the title twice.
Rohit prefers to play as a mid-fielder
"The captain decides who plays where. I love playing as a midfielder during warm-up matches because that's the most challenging spot. Football is played as a warm-up because it brings us together as a team, makes our body active," concluded Rohit.
Rohit wants India to play football at international stage
Rohit gave the example of his brother-in-law, who wanted to become a professional footballer, but could not, owing to lack of facilities, and he expects development on that front soon. "Look at where we were now in the 1930s in cricket. I hope it doesn't take that much time for football. We want to see them play on the international stage soonest," he said.