Rohit will feel great if he and Dhawan can match Sachin-Sourav
Rohit Sharma feels that it will be great if he and Shikhar Dhawan can match the great legendary pair Sachin Tendulkar- Sourav Ganguly. Yet he admitted that they are far away from that world-class level.
On Thursday, Rohit told PTI in an interview, “Comparisons with India’s most successful opening pairing (Ganguly-Tendulkar) gives you immense satisfaction. Comparisons are a piece of joy. It would be great if Shikhar and me as an opening pair can achieve the success that these two accomplished in their illustrious careers.”
He added, “We are still not there but both of us would like to entertain the fans and win as many matches as they have won for India.”
The 28-years old right-handed batsman admitted that he is never satisfied with his performances. He said, “This is not the best. Whatever I achieve, I would always tell myself that my best is yet to come. I have scored 441 runs in the ODI series in Australia. In the next big series, my target will be to score more than 441 runs. If I am satisfied with my past achievements, I will never be able to set higher benchmarks.”
When he was asked whether the T20I series win in Australia was not given due credit considering the quality of Australia’s bowling, Rohit replied, “I agree that their bowling attack is not same as it used to be but does one expect that Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath would have played on forever? You can only score runs off the bowlers that you play against. Every win counts as that’s what you are supposed to do while playing for the country.”
Just after that, Rohit also spoke out that this win can’t compare to 2007/08 CB series win. He said, “No way, that was so different. I was a 20-year-old on my second or third tour. The new captain (Dhoni) was just settling down. Their bowling attack had Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken and a far younger Mitchell Johnson. The batting line-up was Hayden, Gilchrist, Ponting and Clarke. So that tournament win can’t be compared to this win but this is also special in its own way.”
While the experts talk a lot about technique, Rohit never thinks about it in the middle of a series. He always focuses on the technique after the series concluded. He elaborated, “I consider it a part of my preparation. When a series is on and there is a gap of three days between the matches, I would never tinker with the technique. I will not try anything new. Only when the series finishes and I am back home doing nothing, I would start watching those videos and analyses. Once I know what corrective measure is required, I would hit the nets.”
Rohit also feels that he is now in a good space in the international cricket. He added on that, “I have had eight years of international experience. I know what exactly my role is in the team. The core batting unit now, the four or five of us (Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Shikhar) have played a lot of cricket with and against each other at the domestic level.”
At the end, Rohit concluded, “We knew once the legends retire, it would be our turn to carry the legacy forward. We are all in the middle phase of our careers. We enjoy each others’ company and success. We would aim to achieve as much success for the national team as possible. It will be our endeavour to take the Indian cricket to the next level.”
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