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Our goal is to be number one side in the world, says Rohit Sharma

The Indian Test team might be a young and inexperienced team but Rohit Sharma believes that the team is moving in a good direction. The Indian batsman, who was speaking at the Sports Journalists Association of Mumbai’s (SJAM) Golden Jubilee Annual Awards 2016, said that the team’s aim is to become number one team in Test cricket.

“It is going to be a long season for us (Indian team), but as a team, we are moving in a good direction. We had recently come from the West Indies having a successful tour there, so as a team we will like to continue (from) where we left in the West Indies. And our goal is very simple – to be number one side in the world, we were number one for a week but unfortunately, we could not get a game in the last Test match (and) we slipped to number two,” the right-handed batsman said.

A bumper home season is awaiting the Indian team where they are scheduled to play 13 Tests but the batsman said that the team is concentrating on only one series at a time.

“Again we have to look (at) one series at a time. New Zealand is going to be here very soon and we have to focus on that. I am sure if we do the process right, we will get the results (that) we want,” Rohit said.

Indian Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and former pacer Zaheer Khan were also attending the event.

Echoing Rohit’s views, Rahane said: “For us (Indian team) it is important as Rohit (Sharma) and Zaheer Bhai (Zaheer Khan) said it is important to play one series at a time and that is New Zealand right now and we are very excited about this season because we are going to play 13 test matches here (in India), it’s going to be a long season.
I am sure everybody in our team is excited and looking forward to this season. Simple things will take us forward.”

On India’s busy schedule, Zaheer Khan said: “It is exciting to see that so many Test matches are scheduled this year. This kind of season can change the whole graph of a cricketer’s life, career graph, for better or worse actually. So I hope everyone prepares that way and it is an exciting time.”

The three-match Test series between India and New Zealand will start on September 22 at Kanpur.

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