His only Test 100 outside the subcontinent came at The Oval in 2021, and India captain Rohit Sharma says you never feel like a batter in English conditions, but you somehow develop an intuition for when to attack your opponent’s bowling. Ahead of the World Testing Championship final against Australia starting on Wednesday, the Indian skipper, who has posted the best average of his team (over 50 points) since the start of the tournament, believes there is no substitute for hard work on English circuits.
“Listen, I think England in general is a pretty tough environment for batters. As long as you are willing to work hard, you can succeed,” Rohit said during the ICC Challenge Legends Day event here on Sunday.
Rohit, who was India’s top batsman in four Tests in 2021 against England, spoke of his personal experience sitting next to Pat Cummins, Ross Taylor and Ian Bell.
“One thing I learned in 2021 is that you are never in (set) and the weather keeps changing. You need to keep focusing for longer periods of time and you’ll get that intuition when it’s time to take on the bowlers. More importantly, you need to be there and you need to understand what your strengths are,” the skipper said.
For someone who is good at data and analytics, as many have seen him with the Mumbai Indians and the Indian team over the years, Rohit thinks knowing the scoring scheme of former Oval success players wouldn’t be a bad idea. .
“I’m not going to imitate them (successful players), but it would be nice to know how they score. What I found in Oval is that the borders of the squares are quite fast.” Having switched formats for over a decade now, Rohit knows it’s tough but somehow enjoys the challenge and his ability to customize his technique to suit.
“This (change of formats) was certainly a difficult factor. You know you’re playing multi-format. Mentally you have to be very adaptable and tune your technique.
“Many of our young guys didn’t do that. Many of us have been doing this for many years and showing the best results,” said the captain.
He could have won five IPL trophies, one T20 World Cup and a champions trophy, but for the 35-year-old Indian skipper, Test cricket remains the top format.
“It continues to challenge you. You want to be in these situations. You look ahead and as a person it brings you the best. Over the past 3-4 years in test cricket we have made good progress. overcome this last hurdle and give confidence to the youth so they can play the way they want,” he concluded.
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