Rohit Sharma Says The 'Team Combinations' Will Be Known After Reaching UAE

Rohit Sharma Says The ‘Team Combinations’ Will Be Known After Reaching UAE

Rohit Sharma,
Rohit Sharma. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Team India batsman Rohit Sharma will be back on the pitch leading his Mumbai Indians (MI) side, the current champions of IPL during its 13th edition held in 2019. The IPL 2020 will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10 at three different venues in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi subjected to necessary clearances from the Government of India (GoI).

Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in IPL’s history, all under the virtuous leadership of Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai Indians side has been one of the best performing teams in the IPL, winning it on four different occasions since 2013.

Rohit Sharma, who suffered an injury earlier this year, and missed a Test and ODI series due to the same, will be back on the pitch after a gap of seven months.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

I Need To Make Sure They (Younger Players) Are In The Best Zone, Says Rohit Sharma

The skipper said in a recent interview that it will be crucial for the team that the youngsters get enough chance, and that he would ensure that they play without any pressure. Rohit Sharma also said the team combinations will be known to them once they reach UAE.

“We’ll know of team combinations after reaching UAE. You need to give confidence to the younger players, some of them haven’t played the IPL before, don’t have international exposure. I need to make sure they are in the best zone, not pressurised by the moment and get those little performances from everyone,” Rohit told ESPN Cricinfo.

Rohit Sharma, IPL, VVS Laxman, Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The Mumbai Indians captain knows how to bolster the confidence of his youngsters and give them the vital playing time to exploit their talents. A lot of youngsters namely Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan and many others have grown under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy in the Mumbai side

Rohit Sharma Feels Playing In High Temperatures Can Be A Challenge

The IPL is scheduled to be played in the UAE, with temperatures as high as 40 degrees. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma feels it will be a challenge to play in the scorching heat but they have ample time to train for the same.

“We have a lot of time in our hands. I will be taking it slow. Luckily, I don’t think there is any rush that I need to show. We have enough time. I will work on getting back to the ground slowly because the temperature in Dubai is 40 degrees. It’s not easy.”

Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma
Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma feels the pitches are more likely to be of the same conditions as India, the only difference will be the heat. He says planning the combinations once they’ve reached the venue would be better.

“Your planning changes a lot. Pitches in Dubai are a bit on the slower side. The pitches are not so different from India but yes the overhead conditions will be a big factor as you are not always used to playing in 40 degrees, which can be a bit of a challenge. As much as we sit and plan things here, it could completely change once we are there and check out the conditions and then think about ideal combinations.”

He also told about his constant contact with the Mumbai Indians strategists, discussing the details of the challenge ahead in the UAE, where the IPL will be held in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

Rohit Sharma is back in training and would be aspiring to retain the IPL trophy this year. Rohit Sharma’s innovative captaincy would be decisive for their IPL campaign. The squad is a good blend of experienced and youth players and hence the balance will play a key role in the side.