Team India’s Rohit Sharma who scored a fine half-century on Day four of the Colombo Test believes that every batsman was instrumental in the visitors crossing the 300-run mark on Day four.
Rohit who was speaking to the media at the SSC also elaborated on ‘poor form’, India’s chances on Day five and also as to how he never really believes in ‘throwing’ his wicket away.
Excerpts from the interview.
Challenges of playing on Sri Lankan wickets?
RS): It was exciting enough as we had to adapt throughout the series.Also I could have done a lot more with the bat which could have made a difference to the side.
Now the aim is to get Sri Lanka out as soon as possible since getting 386 on this kind of track will definitely be no cake walk for them.
Our batsmen adapted throughout the series in whatever role they were asked to play and even in this game, despite being three down early on, others like R Ashwin ensured that we had a superb total.
External pressure for his (Rohit’s) form of recent?
RS): Not at all since the only thing I can do is give it my best shot and try and get runs on board. Agreed that though I did not fare as per expectations recently, I try to ignore negative statements and work on my game instead.
Also I have come to terms with the fact that every time I step on field it is impossible to score a hundred, which has definitely eased pressure on me.
‘Throwing’ his wicket away?
RS): I honestly do not understand what that means! (laughs). Look I won’t shy away from playing my natural game as my intention is to score runs not merely survive at the crease.
Even the shot (he got out to Dhammika Prasad) which led to my dismissal could have resulted in a six or a boundary some other day had it pitched at some other length.
I really do not focus on such things and am confident of hitting my stride and scoring more runs.
Batting at Number five?
RS): Look it is a team game and we should be ready to bat at any given position. Flexibility is the key to a batsman and he should be willing to adapt for the sake of the team.
When the team management spoke to me about it I was fine and tried to adjust as per the batting order given to me.
How did the team bounce back after losing three quick wickets on Day three?
RS): Despite losing those three wickets we later analyzed as to who are Sri Lanka’s main wicket-takers and chalked out our strategy.
Every batsman was instrumental in us reaching 300 plus on Day four especially the likes of Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin.
We knew that Sri Lanka would be tired after a long day on the field and it will only be to our advantage come Day five.
On Ishant Sharma’s altercation with the Sri Lankans?
RS): I really did not see it as I was in the dressing room taking a massage! (laughs). It is only part and parcel off the game as players from both sides are very good friends off field.