With the World Cup 2019 just a few days away, the ten participating teams have started to make the last pointer preparations for the upcoming showpiece event. The mega event is scheduled to get underway on May 30 and Team India is deemed as one of the favourites to get their hands on the coveted trophy. If India are to own this favourites tag, then their batting line-up must have to rack up runs on consistent basis and for that to happen, the player who would be playing a pivotal role is opener, Rohit Sharma.
In 206 ODIs, the right-hander has composed a fabulous tally of 8,010 runs at an impressive average of 47.40. However, the dynamic and composure of Rohit’s approach towards the game transformed massively after being promoted up the order since the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. He is now the only cricketer on the planet to hit three double centuries in the 50-overs format.
Rohit along with his opening partner, Shikhar Dhawan, have been the pillars of the Indian side since a while now. The duo have been providing great starts on nearly consistent basis and most importantly, the oppositions have that fear in their minds that these two can do some major damage.
“What works for me is what works for me. I'm going to stick to my plans. In those double hundreds that I have scored, you've got to see how many balls I had consumed by the time I reached my first 10 runs, the first 50 runs, the first 75-80 runs. It'll rarely be five balls 10 runs or 25 balls 50 runs. You know what I'm saying - but I've still got there. I've worked with certain trends and those trends have worked for me, in return. There will be days when I will get off to a flyer,” said Rohit Sharma on his approach in the upcoming showpiece event.
“Obviously when you're chasing scores of 350 and 370, you'll have to change gears as required. There's not much time that one can take before he can get going. I get that. But you asked me about how I like to go about - to that, I'll say, follow what suits you, go by the conditions, the opponents, the kind of attack that's coming at you. So, let's say much of that is an instinctive factor,” he added.
Calmness is what I need and not desperation says Rohit Sharma
Rohit noted that this is the time, when he needs to be calm and composed rather than desperate. He mentioned that whenever he has shown the signs of desperation, things have moved away from the plans. “At this point in time, calmness is what I need. Not desperation. Because I've played my share of cricket to realise this is what works for me. Every time I have shown signs of desperation, I've moved away from my plans. It has happened with me many times. Not being in the right frame of mind, not being in the right kind of form - and desperation has crept in. Different things work for different people,” Rohit inferred.