Rohit Sharma says about his effortless shots, "it's not as easy as it looks"

Sharma recently set a new milestone of three double hundreds in ODI.

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Rohit Sharma spoke about his double century in post match press confrence. The stand-in Indian skipper had a lot to say about the special innings. He, however, didn't rate this double ton and said it's as important as the other two.

“The other two were as important as this one. The first one against Australia made it 2-2. For the one against Sri Lanka, I had returned from an injury. So for that reason it is right up there. Here we wanted to come back as a batting group. So it was important. Also, it was my first stint as captain. As a batsman I wanted to do well and take my team into good position.”

“I don’t think I can rate any of three double hundreds. All three we were very important from the team’s perspective.”

As per The Hindu, Sharma said he wasn't bothered with the previous result and wanted to make the most of present. He also sees this series as an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Test series in South Africa.

The stalwart further also called this year as his best in international cricket. “This year has been the best for me as a cricketer. I am someone who doesn’t look too far ahead I am only thinking about this particular series. I have been hitting the ball quite well. I had to be ready when the opportunity came. I have no regrets about what has happened in the past,” said Rohit. 

"The future is bright. I wanted to be ready for the opportunity in test matches.

“Because of the combination of bowlers I sometimes may not get to play. I have to be prepared always, and be at my best. I looked to bat 50 overs and score as many possible. It may not happen all the time but whenever I see the opportunity I try to make the most of it,” said Rohit.

We saw how Rohit looked flawless after completing his 100. He took just 36 balls to reach 200 from 100. Talking about the ease in the second half of his innings, he said, “The first 100 took a little longer, The second hundred did not take that long because I was set. You understood what the bowlers were trying to do by then. It was all about playing according to the field. Once you get past 100, it is all about not making a mistake.

"It was all about me not making mistake and batting as long as possible. After I scored 100, I just wanted to bat to my strength.

“There is no formula to it. The pitch was nice and hard and you could hit on the up. All the double hundreds I got were similar in pattern. I started off very slow and then picked up the pace, at the end I accelerated.”

Rohit added, “I like to analyse situations and conditions which were initially not easy. I wanted to play out the overs. I am not someone like AB de Villiers, Gayle or Dhoni. I don’t have that much power. I have to use my brain to manipulate the field, and stick to my strength which is to hit through the lines.”

Rohit Sharma's lazy elegance also puts spectators in awe of his batting. His bat swing looks so effortless, that for once, even a five-year-old would think about trying those shots. He makes the batting look easy with an extra amount of time he gets while facing the bowlers.

Talking about his shots he said, “Nothing is easy in cricket. May be when you watch it on TV it looks easy. But it is not. You have to use your brain and time the ball. Trying to scoop the ball and hit over point is my strength. You can’t clear the rope always that easily. You can exploit the five fielders inside and play around with the field. Shot selection becomes very important.”

Hitting a century in front of his wife was special. “You must have seen on the screen that she was more happy than me. She got a little emotional as well. It was the first double hundred she witnessed. It is not that I score double hundreds every day. It is good to have her here. But more than that, winning the game is important.”

Looking ahead, Rohit said, “I have not had a good time in South Africa but I am quite determined to change that. I do not want to think too far ahead. I will have to make a few technical changes. I will think about South Africa after December 24.”

By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 14 Dec, 2017

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