Rohit Sharma reveals he worked on improving his skills during off time
On being asked about getting dropped from the Test side, Sharma said "Nobody likes to sit out."
Published - Aug 17, 2017 12:19 am | Updated - Aug 17, 2017 12:19 am
The Indian Test team has once again given an example of complete dominance to the cricketing fraternity, by whitewashing the Lankans 3-0 in their own backyard. Now, it is time skipper Virat Kohli and the talented cricketers at his disposal pull off the whites and don the blue jerseys again, as ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka is about to get underway in the Island.
While KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan did a splendid job for the No.1 Test team in terms of opening the innings, the usual limited-overs opener Rohit Sharma will take his place in the ODI series. Sharma is expected to slot in the playing XI and pair up with in partner in crime Shikhar Dhawan, handing Rahul the number 4 slot. The Mumbaikar revealed how he spent the last 3-4 weeks.
“You cannot sit here and waste time. All I was trying to do these past 3-4 weeks was just to improve my skills, see where things are going wrong and try and strengthen the strength I have. Talk to all the coaches there, they have been looking after us for a long time, they know exactly what is going on with each individual,” said the 30-year old while speaking to Wisden India.
“I have been trying to figure out where things can go right, where things went wrong. Things like that – you always try and improve as a cricketer and look back — and watch from the outside how we played the Test cricket. It was great to watch everyone displaying that skill, 3-0 outside India, great achievement,” the Bansod, Nagpur born cricketer further added.
On being dropped for the Tests
While Sharma is still Kohli’s go to opener in limited-overs format, he was considered as excess in the Test side. On being asked about how life has been for these past 3-4 weeks, Rohit’s honest answer was “Nobody likes to sit out. But again, it all depends on the team dynamics, what the captain and the coach want to play. You’ve got to accept the fact and move forward. That’s what I have been doing. I’ve kept working on my skills, my ability, wherever I need to work on and see where I can improve as a cricketer,” he said.