Rohit Sharma also known as the Hitman of Indian cricket finally broke silence on his absence from test cricket. The right arm aggressive opener mentioned that there is no point bickering about his half-over test career. Rohit Sharma despite possessing some sensational records in the limited format of the game failed to emulate his ODI performances in the longer format of the game.
When asked about his below-par performance in test cricket, He said,” There’s a limited time you have as a player and I have finished almost half of it. There’s no point in spending the remaining half thinking whether I will be picked or not. I am going forward with the theory of “whatever time I have make it count.”
It really is a pity to see a player of his caliber to have scored mere 1479 runs in 25 test games at an average of 39.97. His inconsistency in South Africa series forced the selectors to drop from the one match game against Afghanistan at Bengaluru which would start from 14th June.
But Rohit Sharma seems unaffected by his exclusion from the test squad and mentioned that the stage he is in at present, he can’t think about selection.
“For me, I am not at a stage to worry about whether I will be picked or not. I need to enjoy my game. The first five-six years of my career, it was all about, “oh will I be picked? Will I play?” Now it’s about enjoying the game. These things keep adding pressure on you. Instead, it’s best to enjoy yourself in what you do and give your best, ” said the Hitman.
He further added,” I got into the national team when I was 20 and I made my test debut when I was 26. I had an opportunity to make my debut in 2010, but I missed that( due to an injury while playing football during the practice session). After that, It made me realize that the more you want, your attitude changes. I have realized that there’s time for everything.”
“There has to be time and a slot available for it. The seniors -Sachin, Rahul, VVS, and Saurav- were all playing then so we had to wait. After a point, I realized there’s no point thinking about it. No point in thinking about what the selectors are doing and all” said the Indian vice-captain in limited overs cricket.
The Hitman also didn’t enjoy the best of Indian premier league as compared to his previous season’s performance where his team reached the finals and lifted the trophy for the 3rd time. He admitted his poor run with the bat to have been one of the failures of his team this season.
Rohit Sharma’s thoughts on MI’s poor performance this season
“A disappointing campaign without a doubt. I said many times during the season that this team was much, much better. I think we had a much better squad than most of the other teams who went on to qualify. But again, we have ourselves to blame for it. We made too many mistakes,” said the 3 times IPL winning captain.
He further added, ” And personally for me, it was not a great season. I expected a lot from the standard I have set for myself and the kind of performance I have had lately. I gave myself full chance to go out there and do what I could.”
When Rohit was questioned about him being tagged as a white ball specialist, he said, ” By no means. As a child, all I dreamt of was to play test cricket and that dream will never be over. Nobody can take away my game or what I think about the game.”
He went on with his thoughts about the red ball cricket and, ” Selectors can do whatever is best in their control, players will do what is in their control. It’s important to keep focus. When I started playing cricket, there was no white ball cricket. We used to play in school, in age group cricket with the red ball. The white ball came much later. As a child, you only saw red ball cricket.”
Let’s hope if he gets to make a come back into the squad in near future and fulfill his dream of playing more of the red ball cricket.