Indian captain MS Dhoni has said that comparing the current Rohit Sharma to what he was 4 years back is pretty impractical as he thought it was a waste of talent back then. The skipper was in huge praises for the right hander who scored a match-winning 137 runs off 126 balls that lead his side to a 109 run victory over Bangladesh in the second quarter finals at the MCG.
After the match, Dhoni at the post-match media conference said that It is an unrealistic comparison if you compare Rohit now to what he was four years back. It was a bit of a waste of talent. He wasn’t getting much opportunity to bat as our top order was fixed. They fired and he never got a chance to open the innings, he just could not come in and play down the order. After some of his performances in the last few years, we decided to make him the opener and he obliged. He is a natural strokemaker and once he gets going he scores a lot of runs.
Dhoni also credited his team’s performance in he batting powerplay as India are the only side that is yet to lose a wicket in the batting Power Play. Getting 45 runs in the powerplay, gave us momentum getting into the slog overs. That is what we have done in the last few games, playing good cricketing shots, he said.
When the Indian batsmen are circumspect in the initial overs or if he wanted somebody to do a Virender Sehwag, who would blaze away in the first few overs, Dhoni said Viru pa was special. You need to play according to your strengths, you can’t just go out and slog. You just have to keep revising the target at the end of 10 overs and see where you are and then back your strengths.
Dhoni also stressed upon the fact that the team was trying to keep it simple as there is a lot of pressure on them to defend their title. He concluded by saing We have done well to keep things simple. Over-thinking can kill you.