Rohit Sharma explains how Dhoni's decision changed his life

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Rohit Sharma explains how Dhoni's decision changed his life

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SportsCafe Desk

01/11/2017

Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has revealed how MS Dhoni's decision to promote him to the opening position has helped him reinvent his career. Rohit also said that he was never disappointed at losing his Test place to Karun Nair, who scored a triple-century in the final Test against England.

"I believe the decision to open in ODIs changed my career and it was a decision taken by MS Dhoni. I became a better batsman after that. In fact it helped me understand my game better, react better according to situations," Rohit told PTI in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

He further explained the moment when Dhoni walked up to him and explained why he should open the innings.

"He (Dhoni) just came up to me and said 'I want you to open the innings as I am confident that you will do well. Since you can play both cut and pull shot well, you have the qualities to succeed as an opener," the Mumbai batsman revealed.

He told me that I shouldn't be scared of failures or get upset by criticism. He was looking at the bigger picture as the Champions Trophy was scheduled in England that year.

Alongside Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma was key in India winning the 2013 Champions Trophy putting up two century stands and two fifty plus partnerships for the opening wicket.

"The Champions Trophy in England made me confident that I can open and ready to face challenges of playing white ball in English conditions in the morning. I got 65 against South Africa, who had Morne Morkel, Ryan McLaren, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Rory Kleinveldt. Morne and McLaren were hitting three quarter length and Tsotsobe was swinging it. The skipper was confident that I could handle the situation and I did," the 29-year old said.

He further praised Dhoni for helping the team to cope with pressure situations.

"With no disrespect to other great Indian captains, I was blessed to play under MS all these years. His calmness in pressure situations helped us. He always led from the front. There won't be one like him," the right-hander said.

Rohit, who is currently nursing a knee injury that kept him out of the Test series against England, rued that there is little anyone can do about injuries.

"You can't do anything about it and I have been in situations like this before. What disappointed me was the fact that the injury happened just when I was in rhythm scoring three successive 50s against New Zealand in Test matches. The pitches against England were good batting strips and it would have been enjoyable," he lamented.

Speaking about Karun Nair, who came into the Indian team in his place and scored a triple-hundred against England, Rohit said, "I have never ever been an insecure person and the reason being I know how to move on in life. What would have happened if I wouldn't have got injured is irrelevant. The fact is Karun got his chance and played brilliantly and should be applauded. In fact, I saw a bit of it when Karun and KL (Rahul) were batting. It was top quality stuff. But credit to Ashwin, Shami and Jadeja for bowling brilliantly in the series."

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