It is not possible to have 55 average and a 110 strike-rate: Rohit Sharma

Throughout his career, Rohit has been known for his big hundreds and long innings, but in recent times, he has chosen a more aggressive style of play.

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Indian captain Rohit Sharma shed light on his evolving batting strategy, its motive, and his approach towards captaincy. Over the past four years, Rohit has transitioned from being a consistent centurion to a player who values aggression over a more significant individual score.

Rohit has been known for his big hundreds and long innings throughout his career. However, in recent times, he has deliberately adopted a more aggressive style of play, changing his pursuit of triple-figure scores for a more attacking batting approach.

"I wanted to take more risks, which is why my numbers are slightly different now, My usual batting is still my patent, but I wanted to try something else. I am very happy with the result," Rohit Sharma was quoted as saying by Sportstar.

“My career strike-rate is around 90 (89.97) but in past couple of years, if you look at my scores and take the strike-rate into consideration, it has been around 105-110. So somewhere you had to compromise. It is not possible to have a 55 average and a 110 strike-rate.” This high-risk game is also a process of his self-discovery, Rohit added. 

While his strike rate has seen an upswing, his average has experienced a little dip. He attributes this change to adopting a high-risk game that he believes is essential for him.

Rohit emphasised that this transition was not sudden but a result of careful consideration and discussions with the team management. He expressed his eagerness to broaden his repertoire of batting abilities. Further, he said that it's not possible to have a high average and a great strike rate together.

Reflecting on his recent Test performances in India, Rohit said that he will play on pitches that suit Indian bowlers. This statement underlines his commitment to making strategic decisions for his batting that are aligned with the strengths of the Indian team.

Addressing the concept of a captain's shelf life, Rohit dismissed the idea, asserting that the most important thing is to be happy with the responsibility.

"You get a responsibility, you produce a result and more important is if you are happy with the responsibility that you have been entrusted with. This is a more important question than the shelf life,” he added.

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