From being a mediocre middle order batsman to becoming Team India’s primary choice for opening in Test cricket- it is no doubt that when Rohit Sharma is in form, stunning knocks will follow. The heavy hitter ended the year of 2019 as the cricketer with the most runs scored in ODI. Along with success in limited overs cricket, he has established as a brilliant Test player. Now, Rohit talks about the very thing that helped him to achieve success- keeping a cool head.
In a recent interview, the 32 year old credited being an opener in the red ball cricket worked as a catalyst as he improved his game.
The big positive was opening the batting in Test cricket. I was not worried about scoring runs, only about getting that opportunity. And whatever happens with that opportunity, I wanted to take that in a positive way and stay in the right frame of mind.” Rohit told reporters.
Despite facing an exit in the semi finals in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Rohit had an amazing spell in the tournament, scoring an astonishing five centuries from 10 matches, and was the highest run getter with 648 runs. The most important out of the five was obviously the one against Pakistan- a swashbuckling 140 off 133.
The Mumbai Indians skipper memorized the match from Old Trafford: “I know it is a World Cup game, a game against Pakistan, a high pressure game and all that. But for me nothing changes, every game remains the same—whether I play the top team or the lower, bottom team.”
“I try and stay calm against all opposition. It helps me make good decisions. It allows me to perform, do what I want to do.” he added.
Opening up for the Men in Blues in the Test series against the Proteas back in October, Rohit scored over 500 runs in the series, including a blistering double century in the third test. And as the man himself says again, all of this came out of being level headed on the 22 yards.
Rohit continued- “If you are cool, calm and composed, the performance will come. That is what I was trying to do before the South Africa Test series and it helped me a great deal. Staying that way helps me. I try and do that every time.”