As India completed a resounding series victory over New Zealand at Kolkata, the biggest positive for the hosts, was the form displayed by Rohit Sharma. Sharma, undoubtedly played a career-defining innings, as his patient 82 rescued India from a tricky situation and helped the hosts post a sizeable lead.
On the eve of the third test at Indore, Rohit spoke to bcci.tv and dwelled into the significance of that knock. Sharma admitted that despite not getting to high scores, he never doubted his own form. Below, are the excerpts from his interview with bcci.tv.
On his form till the 2nd test…
Honestly, I never felt I was out of form. I felt I was batting well throughout and it was just a matter of converting those starts into big scores, which wasn’t happening. I was a little disappointed with that. I knew that somewhere down the line if I keep my focus and concentrate more on the process, it would yield me results. You do want to score big ones all the time.
Looking to be attacking always..
Me being a stroke maker, I like to play my shots and get on top of the bowler at all times. I know I might get out, but I have to back my game. That is how you can get success and people around the world have got success. I believe in my game-plan and I have to stick to it.
The significance of knock at Eden Gardens…
Personally, it was a great confidence booster in terms of my own batting. When you play an important innings like that from the team’s perspective, it does boost your confidence. You feel good about it. I have always loved that feeling to bat at Eden Gardens and I always feel comfortable going there. It feels homely. It was quite challenging to bat there the other day. The pitch was doing a bit and there was a lot of assistance for the fast bowlers. Some balls stayed low and kicked off the surface and I had to be at it all the time. You couldn’t lose your focus at any given point. You had to get your concentration right all the time and these were the things I was focusing on at that point in time. We played for the first time on that surface and we never expected it to play like that and it required a lot of concentration to come out successful on that pitch.
Eyeing a whitewash over New Zealand…
I am looking forward to the 3rd Test. I don’t want to change much in terms of preparations. I carry good momentum with me going into the final Test. I want to keep hitting the ball, get my hands and feet moving, which are very important. I had a good hit at the nets today and I am looking forward to doing the same tomorrow as well. I have to give a lot of credit to our batting coach Sanjay Bangar and training assistant Raghavindraa who have been working tirelessly with all the batsmen to keep them on top of their game all the time. The reason you see all batsmen standing up to the task is because of the entire support staff who have been very supportive throughout. It is a Test debut for Indore and it will be an exciting one. We are looking forward to making it 3-0.