Rohit Sharma who became the new vice-captain of Team India has stated that his job is to help and complement Virat Kohli on the field. Sharma, who has seen a number of ups and downs in his injury prone career, has admitted that comebacks, after injuries, are not easy for any professional athlete.
Rohit Sharma who was recently handed the responsibility of being the new vice-captain of the ODI team has called it an honour to be given the extra responsibility.
Sharma, who, growing up, was typically a middle order batsman, was asked to open the innings for the Indian side in early 2013 against England during the home series. Sharma grabbed the opportunity with both hands and has gone on to cement his place as one of the first names on the team sheet in limited overs cricket. 2016 saw him become one of the best players in the Indian setup, with an average of 62.66 including back to back centuries in Australia, but an injury saw the 30-year-old's home season coming to a premature end. Sharma admitted that his comeback after a
"Comebacks are not at all easy. After a major surgery, the difficult part is to conquer the inner demons. It's all in the mind. Only an individual can overcome his fears. My batting may look easy to the eye but trust me, it's not that easy," he said.
With the Champions Trophy starting in June 2017, Sharma caught a lucky break recovering from the injury just in time to take part in the IPL. Not only did the Mumbai Indians' skipper regain full fitness, he even led Mumbai to their record third IPL crown against Pune in the final.
"The best part that happened to me was IPL started just after I completed my rehab. So while captaining Mumbai Indians and taking those on-field decisions, I couldn't think about what happens if I get injured," Sharma added.
"And when I was playing for India, my mind became blanks while batting. There was no place for any negativity."
In the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka, the Indian opener played five ODIs and one T20I in which he scored 311 runs as India won all their games. After being
"The half-century was special but I didn't face Dananjaya much during that match. I was out only one over after he was brought into the attack. But in the next two games, I got hundreds and I had no problems playing him," Sharma said.
"In international cricket, the core group in most of the teams would remain same. So you know what's expected but they will operate in different conditions which
The right-handed batsman has played 163 ODIs for India and scored 5737 runs which including 13 centuries and 32 half-centuries. Sharma opined that absence of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood can affect the chances of the visitors but the experience of IPL can work in their
"Of course, Starc is a quality bowler and his presence makes a difference but most of the Aussie boys have played IPL and are familiar with Indian conditions.
"They are a quality side and we can't take them lightly," Sharma explained.