WTC Final 2021: Rohit Sharma Knows About New Zealand's Strengths And Weaknesses
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WTC Final 2021: Rohit Sharma Knows About New Zealand’s Strengths And Weaknesses

Rohit Sharma believes that keeping things “simple and realistic” against a quality side like New Zealand should be the way to go for the Indian team in the World Test Championship final, the opening day of which has already been affected by a heavy downpour.

The batsman who will be opening for the first time in England is also confident of tackling the New Zealand attack, having faced it enough in the shorter formats.

Rohit Sharma, India
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

Rohit Sharma Knows New Zealand’s Strengths And Weaknesses

Rohit Sharma has amassed 1030 runs in 11 Tests averaging 64.37 in the WTC cycle of 2019-21. The likes of Marnus Labuschagne (1675 runs), Joe Root (1660 runs), Steve Smith (1341 runs), Ben Stokes (1334 runs), Ajinkya Rahane (1094 runs), and Rohit Sharma have managed to score above 1000 runs in the WTC.

“I have played those guys and know about their strengths and weaknesses. It will all boil down to what the conditions are, what sort of situation the team is in, whether we are batting first or second,” Rohit Sharma told broadcasters ‘Star Sports’.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

“All that will count and it’s important not to overthink. Against a quality side, it is also very important to keep things simple, and realistic,” said the senior opener, who has scored 1000 plus runs in the World Test Championship cycle as an opener.

The opener is averaging 64.37 in the WTC cycle (2019-21). He has scored four centuries and a couple of half-centuries. His highest score came against South Africa when he smashed 212 runs in an innings.

Rohit Sharma: One Have To Be Mentally Fresh For 5 Days And Fit Enough To Overcome The Challenges

A white ball superstar, Rohit Sharma loves the traditional format for the challenges that it poses for sustained periods of play.

“You are challenged for five days and which I don’t happen anywhere. Every day brings a different challenge, a longer game that needs patience, you play in different conditions and it’s not the easiest,” he said.

Rohit Sharma plays a shot down the ground off Trent Boult in the second over. - GETTY IMAGES
Rohit Sharma plays a shot down the ground off Trent Boult in the second over. – GETTY IMAGES

“You have to be mentally fresh for five days to make good decisions on the field. Physically you need to be fit to accept and overcome those challenges,” he added.

India is currently on 29/0 with opener Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill unbeaten on 17 and 11 respectively in 8 overs. Tim Southee and Trent Boult have bowled 4 overs each.