After Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh, it’s Rohit Sharma who has born with great talent. The hard hitting batsman is now one of the most loved batsman in the world. already having scored 3 double hundreds in One day internationals and recently also scored the joint fastest T20I century from just 35 balls.
In a recent interview according to Times of India, he was asked about SA challenge, his batting skills and also about his Wife Ritika Sajdeh
Can you give us an idea as to how you go about constructing an innings?
“Firstly, time has been a great teacher. It’s over the years that I have tried to understand the finer nuances of batting. There’s a pattern to my batting, and it’s a trend that I think I managed to figure out to a large extent. For instance, the first thing I did was do away with any sort of negative thinking, or allowing any kind of pressure to build on me. It never helps. Like I said, I follow a certain template at the crease. That’s a multi-layered one. You got to have an instinctive approach, depending on the opposition, the conditions etc. Then, there are some basics too. I like to break my innings into three parts inside my mind. I take my time in the first 10 overs, acquire a sense of the occasion. From over number 11, I begin to realise if I’m ready to free my arms a bit and between then and over number 30, I like to build something. Multiple factors play a role in these stages and if I’ve moved smoothly up to over number 35, then that’s where I’d call myself dangerous for the opposition. This doesn’t happen every time. But at least inside my mind, this is how I approach an ODI innings.”
Coming back to this Test series, the SA attack is in full strength ?
“It’s the best attack in the world. See, England and Australia can also unleash a great variety at home. But this South African attack is different and certainly the most lethal. It’s not a one-dimensional attack. They have variety, experience and different skill levels. (Kagiso) Rabada is a tall guy who can hit the deck hard. Morne Morkel is the same. Dale Steyn has the experience to use the new and the old ball. Vernon Philander is so dangerous in SA’s home conditions. He keeps bowling that length, never gives anything easy. It is the most challenging of all challenging attacks we’ll be facing in the next one year”
Is your Wife Ritika Sajdeh a 17th member of the team ?
“Yeah, that’s funny. Even I heard that one. She and me definitely make a great team. She’s been a great support as a wife, friend, manager, everything and that’s just adding to the freedom with which I can express myself on the field”