Rohit Sharma stresses on the need for batsmen to bat longer
Rohit Sharma has undoubtedly been the best opener in limited overs off late. The Mumbai batsman has been in the form of his life and watching him bat in full flow is just a treat to the eyes.
It was simply unfortunate for him when India ended up on the losing cause despite his excellent 171* against the Kangaroos at Perth.
Rohit has made a habit of scoring big and playing a marathon innings in ODI’s. The Indian opener already has 4 scores in excess of 150 in ODI’s and his last 7 centuries in ODI’s have been above the score of 135. Such has been the dominance of Rohit at the top of the order.
The elegant right hander recently said that considering the new ODI rules, it was integral for batsmen to bat longer.
“I think it’s very important to bat long now that the rules have changed,” Rohit said. “There are only four fielders inside the circle in the last 10 overs. So a set batsman is batting in the middle, it is easier for him than the new batsmen to come and play his shots.
So it is very important for the batsman who is set and batting well to carry on as long as possible because that is how you can stretch your target and get to a competitive score.”
“That’s how I have looked at it always and it is a good opportunity to get past 100 and you challenge yourself, what else you can do after that. So for me after getting a hundred I start another innings, which is starting from zero and scoring another hundred and that’s how I look at it.
As a batting group our aim has always been one batsman batting through as long as possible so being a top-order batsman it is my responsibility to bat as long as possible and get the team to a good score and a competitive score, and that’s how I look at it.”
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