Was clear in my mind about what I needed to do: Rohit Sharma

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-10-03 11:25:00

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  • Rohit was aware of the plans to make him open in Test cricket.
  • Rohit was preparing himself mentally for the task and when opportunity presented itself in the form of South Africa, he grabbed it with both hands.
  • Rohit said unlike many white ball openers who have refused to open in red ball cricket, he didn't want to waste the opportunity.
VISAKHAPATNAM: Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 115 here on Wednesday would be heartening for the Indian team management. The Mumbaikar has struggled to replicate his white-ball form in Test cricket and the latest move to play him as an opener yielded dividends for the team and more importantly should help clear cobwebs in Rohit's mind.

Rohit was aware of the plans to make him open in Test cricket. He was preparing himself mentally for the task and when opportunity presented itself in the form of South Africa, he grabbed it with both hands.

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"The talk was going for a long time about me opening the innings. In West Indies, they told me clearly that it's going to happen now," Rohit said. "I was preparing mentally that at some stage I might have to open. Opening the batting in red ball cricket is a different ball game compared to limited overs. I was very clear in my mind as to what I wanted to do."

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Rohit said unlike many white ball openers who have refused to open in red ball cricket, he didn't want to waste the opportunity. "When you are playing international cricket, you always look for opportunity. It's important for me to stay in present and think about what I need to do today rather than thinking about what has happened in the past or what is going to happen in future. For any sportsperson, it's important to stay in present, think about what he wants to execute on that particular day and of course coming days. It's a great opportunity to open the innings and there's so much positivity, so much feel-good factor when you opening the innings. Yes, the opportunity presented itself. I'm really grateful and thankful to the management as well," he said.

There was no specific plan to target Dane Piedt, admitted Rohit. "We played a few overs of both the spinners and we realised that the ball was not turning much. Mayank and I spoke about how we needed to try and find those little gaps and rotate strike," added the centurion.

Rohit was also happy that as an opener, he doesn't have to play the waiting game. "I think it suits my game to just don the pads and go out and bat. The waiting game, sitting inside when I was batting at 5 or 6 ... I won't say that it didn't suit my batting. But here your mind is absolutely fresh. The plan is simple when you face the new ball. When you are batting at No. 6, the field placements are different, the ball is reversing, you have to score runs in front of the wicket.
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