Rohit Sharma shares his vision concerning the future of Indian cricket
Keep scoring runs and the opportunity will arise: Rohit Sharma
Even since that historic test series in Australia in the 2020-21 season, a lot of doors have been opened and suddenly the Indian team has a huge pool of talent who can represent their country in red ball cricket. As a fan of the team, one will surely be more than delighted but it also means that many of the players will fail to find a spot in the opening XI and a lot of them will have to spend time on the bench and that might demotivate them. Recently announced as the test captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Rohit Sharma has an advice for all these players. He wants them to keep working hard, get the runs and he believes that the opportunity will soon arise.
Before facing Sri Lanka, Rohit Sharma in the pre-match conference said, “All I can tell them is keep scoring runs and the opportunity will arise. It has for Vihari, Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill and all those guys who are part of the test team now. You got to keep scoring runs, you have to keep your head down and keep doing your job”.
The captain further added, “There will be a time when the opportunity will arise. They should focus on getting more and more runs rather than getting worried about their selection and things like that. A lot of things depend on the type of combinations we have at the moment in our particular squad and what pitches we are playing on and what opposition we are playing against and things like that”.
34-year old Rohit Sharma became the captain of the Indian test team at an age when the likes of Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli already gave up test captaincy. He will have a massive role to groom young talents like KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah. Regarding that, the captain said, “I won't have that much of a role in telling them each and everything, they all are mature enough, it is just when someone needs to be there around them to guide them, and I will be more than happy to do that. It is how we have come through the ranks; we were groomed by someone else. It is a natural process, everyone goes through this”.
The 5-time Indian T20 League winning captain also confirmed that he has no intention to take a break at the moment. In the pre-match press conference he said, “As far as I am concerned, there are no issues, I am looking forward to playing all the games. The workload depends on what happens thereafter, you take it day by day. If there is an opportunity for you to take a break, you take a break. At the moment, it seems to be okay”.
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