Indian captain Rohit Sharma scored 648 runs during the 2019 World Cup with five centuries. Rohit was the top run scorer in the tournament. India’s journey in this tournament lasted till the semi-finals, after that India’s dream of winning the ICC trophy is still a dream.
Rohit Sharma understands the enormous pressure associated with the World Cup at home but the Indian skipper wants to keep himself away from extraneous matters as he embarks on an arduous journey to win the country’s first ICC trophy in a decade. The 36-year-old India captain, who carries the weight of the expectations of over a billion people on his shoulders, knows what is at stake as the One-Day International World Cup begins on October 5 in Ahmedabad with England taking on New Zealand.
Before joining the Asia Cup camp in Bengaluru, Rohit told PTI in an exclusive interview, “It is important for me to keep myself comfortable and not worry about external factors that can play a positive or negative role.” “I want to get back to the phase I was in before the 2019 World Cup,” he said. Was in very good shape since and had prepared very well for the tournament.
“I was in a good rhythm, mindset. I want to bring it back and I have time to do so. Trying to replicate the right things that I was doing before the 2019 World Cup as a cricketer and as a person. The player is what he is, cannot make or break it.
The Indian captain said, “A person cannot change overnight by his success or failure. “I don’t think one result or one championship can change me as a person. I haven’t changed as a person in the last 16 years. I don’t think it needs any change.
Rohit said, “The focus will be on how I can achieve my goals for myself and the team in the next two months. A person cannot change in a month or two. Rohit has won five titles as captain of the Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians while as Indian captain he won the Asia Cup title in 2018. In June this year, under his leadership, the team also played in the final of the World Test Championship. Asked if he thinks about his legacy in Indian cricket after playing for 16 years, Rohit said, “No. I am not the person who thinks about the kind of legacy I will leave behind. My legacy will be for people to appraise and discuss. Not for me to say.
Rohit has scored over 17000 international runs with the help of 30 ODIs, 10 Tests and four T20 International centuries. He said, “I do not believe much in numbers. You should be yourself and enjoy the time ahead. Try to live in the moment like this. I am thinking about what will make me happy.
Rohit now faces the tough challenge of getting at least three of the 18 players in the core group to say they will not be part of the 15-member world squad. When Rohit was 23 years old, he too did not get a place in the 2011 World Cup champion team. No one knows the pain of not being in the team better than him. “While picking the best combination, there will be players who don’t make it to the team due to various reasons and Rahul bhai (Dravid) and I have tried our best to explain to the players why they are not part of the team,” he added.
He said, “Sometimes I try to put myself in their place. When I was not selected in 2011, it was a heartbreaking moment for me and I know how it feels to be dropped from the World Cup squad. Rohit has no problem in admitting that sometimes His and Dravid’s decisions can also be wrong. He said, “I, the coach and the selectors look at all aspects like the opposition team, the surface, our strengths, their weaknesses and then come to an agreement. There is every possibility that we are not perfect all the time.
The Indian captain said, “Ultimately some individuals decide and as human beings we can make mistakes. We will not always be right.” Asked who had consoled him after he was not included in the 2011 World Cup squad, Rohit said, “I was sad and was sitting in my room. I remember Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) called me to his room and took me to dinner. He told me how it felt to not get a place in the team. He told me, ‘The best thing is that you have so many years ahead of you.’ When we play this World Cup, you can use this opportunity to work hard on your game and skills and come back in the team. There is no reason why you should not play for India or you should not get a chance to play in the World Cup. Then in 2011, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the bowlers thought that more useful than the extra batsman would be an extra wrist spinner in the form of Piyush Chawla. Over the years, if any shot has become Rohit’s identity, then it is the pull shot, which he gets success in playing, but sometimes he has to bear the brunt of it.
Rohit was asked how much he has practiced the pull shot in the nets against throwdown specialists, and he said, “I don’t have to take any special training to play that shot.” He said, referring to three support staff members. “Raghu (Raghvendra), Nuvan (Senaviratne) and Daya (Garani) have all joined the team in recent years and I have been playing this shot for a long time.”
Rohit said, “I have worked on this shot since my under-17 and under-19 days. Now I don’t particularly practice this shot during training. If I feel the ball is pitched short, I play pull.
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