India’s head coach Ravi Shastri was spotted in the role of presenter after the memorable second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Shastri interviewed India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma, who took the cricketing fraternity by storm with his awe-inspiring third ODI double ton.
Shastri, who has spent nearly two decades in the world of cricket broadcasting as a commentator, was at his usual best. He did his level best to fetch the finer details from Rohit about his herculean batting effort which brought him an unbeaten innings of 208 in just 153 balls.
Asked to rate his three ODI double centuries, Rohit refused to pick one and explained that all three of them have come at a crucial juncture.
"It is difficult to pick one favourite as all three double hundreds have come in crucial junctures. The one against Australia was a series decider while the 264 against Sri Lanka was after a three-month long lay-off, I had a finger injury and I was nervous whether I will be able to score runs again or not."
"After the defeat in Dharamsala, we wanted to come back strongly as a batting unit. Throughout the innings I kept telling myself that I will not give my wicket away and I wanted them to get me out. I wanted to bat long and I knew the wicket was good and the outfield was fast. Just wanted to be in the right shape and hit it through the line." Rohit elaborated while speaking to Shastri for bcci.tv.
On being asked about his shot selection, the 30-year-old said that he and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan had a plan in mind and they tried to execute it on the field.
"We spoke about shot selection as a batting unit before the start of the series. Shikhar and I knew that we needed to bat out the initial overs and after that batting would become easier and that is what exactly happened. I just did my routine and both of us kept rotating the strike and we never allowed a bowler to bowl six deliveries at the same batsman," Sharma said.
Shastri termed the Indian opener as Rohit 'Paisa Vasool' Sharma and complimented him for becoming stronger since he was clearing the boundary with utmost ease and finesse. Rohit acknowledged Ravi’s kind words and credited the Team India trainer Basu for shaping up the players physically.
"Thanks to our trainer Basu, he has worked a lot on us. My strength is timing, I don't have the power of a Dhoni or Gayle and that's why I rely a lot on timing the ball well to hit the big shots," concluded Rohit.