Rohit Sharma has enjoyed his role as a Test opener, but in the upcoming Test series against Australia, he is ready to be flexible about his place in the batting order as per the demands of the team management. Senior batsman captain Virat Kohli is expected to play a big role with Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara returning to India after the opening Test.
Rohit told PTI, ‘I will call you the same thing that I have told everyone. I am willing to bat wherever the team wants, but I do not know if they will change my role as an opener or not. He believes that by the time he arrives in Australia after training ‘Strength and Conditioning’ at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, his role will have been decided by the team management after he suffered a minor hamstring injury during the Indian Premier League.
Rohit said, “I am confident that the team management who arrived in Australia will identify options after Virat’s departure and who are the players who will start the innings.” Once I get there, I will be clear what will happen. I will be ready to bat at the place they want.
One of the finest players to play hook and pull shots, Rohit believes that bounce on Australian pitches is never as big a factor as it is made. He said, ‘We talk about the bounce, except for Perth, on other grounds (Adelaide, MCG, SCG) in the last few years I don’t think there is so much bounce.’
Rohit said, “Now, especially starting the innings, I have to think about not playing cut and pull shots and as far as possible, I have to concentrate on playing ‘V’ and straight shots.”