A lot has been said and written about Rohit Sharma’s non-inclusion and then inclusion into the Indian squad for the Australia tour. Several questions have also been raised about why he was later only included in the Test squad. Then there have been questions on what position will he bat in.
On Saturday, the batsman cleared it all up by saying that he was absolutely comfortable to bat at any position that the team management asked him to. He also said that he thinks he will be played as an opener, but then again, reassured that he was willing to play at any position.
“I will tell you the same thing that I have told everyone all this while. I will be happy to bat wherever the team wants me to but I don’t know if they would change my role as an opener,” Rohit Sharma told PTI in an exclusive interview.
“I am sure the guys already in Australia must have figured out what are options when Virat leaves and who are the guys who will open the innings,” Rohit said.
“Once I reach there, I will probably have a clearer idea of what’s going to happen. I will be okay to bat wherever they want,” Rohit added.
Rohit Sharma working on his fitness
Sharma is currently working on his fitness at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. He is undergoing strength and conditioning after having picked up a hamstring injury during IPL 2020.
His role in the Test series is going to be key, particularly with skipper Virat Kohli returning to India on paternity leave after the first Test in Adelaide. He believes that because of his strong basics, he can succeed in Test cricket.
“Once you have your basics strong, you can work around that and build your own technique. Mentally, that’s how you prepare,” he said.
In his 13 years in international cricket, he has dealt with ups and downs and the one lesson that has stayed with him is to trust the process.
“Mentally, I am prepared and I have had enough setbacks in my career where I have had long lay-offs due to injury and due to form. I know how to come back and bounce back from that.
“For me, being out for three, six or one month, really doesn’t matter. What matters to me is the process,” the Mumbaikar said.