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Rohit Sharma, India’s newest white-ball captain is having quite an interesting 2021. After showing his prowess in Test cricket during the away tour to England, where he scored 368 runs in 4 matches, Rohit Sharma then went on to take up the country’s T20I and ODI captaincy.

Moreover, he also witnessed the incoming of a new coaching staff, led by Rahul Dravid. While it has been a fruitful year for him, he’s had his challenges and in a recent interview, he spoke about his rapport with coach Rahul Dravid.

 India's white-ball captain Rohit Sharma on what's it like to work with coach Rahul Dravid(PTI)
India’s white-ball captain Rohit Sharma on what’s it like to work with coach Rahul Dravid(PTI)

Rohit Sharma Loved Working With Rahul Dravid For First 3 T20Is Against New Zealand In A Bilateral Series

While opening up for the first time after becoming the ODI captain, in an interview, the India opener talked about what’s it like to be partnering with the new head coach at the helm.

“Working with Rahul Bhai, even though it was only three odd games, it was fantastic. We’ve seen how he’s played his cricket; very tough and hard. And at the same time, there’s a sense of relaxation as well. It’s important to keep the atmosphere light and cheerful. When you’re doing a job on a field that is so demanding, you need to have an atmosphere where people can relax and chill around. “

“It’s only been a little while but, I’ve had so many interactions with him in the past about the game and about my personal game. It’s good to have him onboard and it will be very a fruitful (association) one for the future,” explained Rohit Sharma.

Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma IMAGE: AFP

Thirty-four-year-old Rohit Sharma took over the reins in the T20I format right after the culmination of the T20 World Cup. He got off a perfect start as the permanent captain as he guided his side to a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand at home.

Earlier last week, BCCI, while announcing India’s Test squad for the upcoming South Africa tour, also revealed that Rohit Sharma will be replacing Virat Kohli as the ODI captain effective immediately. India’s tour of South Africa begins with the first Test on December 26.

Rohit Sharma has amassed 906 runs at an impressive average of 47.68 in Tests this year. In T20Is, India’s new limited-overs skipper has smashed 424 runs at an excellent average of 38.54, along with a terrific strike rate of 150.88. He who averages 46.88 overall in 43 Tests, played 11 Tests in 2021 and averaged 47.68 which included 2 tons and 4 fifties.

Rohit Sharma Sustains Injury And Is Ruled Out Of South African Tests

Rohit Sharma, the newly appointed Test vice-captain in place of Ajinkya Rahane has been ruled out of the three-Test away series against South Africa because of a left hamstring injury. Priyank Panchal, who led India A during the just-concluded three-match series, has replaced the opener. There was, however, no mention of the vice-captain for the 3 match Test series in BCCI’s announcement.

Gujarat's captain Priyank Panchal celebrates his century during a Ranji Trophy cricket match against Mumbai.(PTI)
Gujarat’s captain Priyank Panchal celebrates his century during a Ranji Trophy cricket match against Mumbai. (PTI)

Rohit Sharma, who was practicing at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai for the last one week, suffered an injury during one of those practice sessions. It is still not clear if he will be available for the three-match ODI series, for which he was named captain but it can be confirmed that the injury is quite serious in nature.

Priyank Panchal, the opening batter from Gujarat, scored 120 runs for India A at an average of 40 in three innings with a high score of 96 against South Africa A. He has featured in 100 first-class matches and has scored 7011 runs at an average of 45.52 and has got 24 centuries to his name.