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AUS vs IND: “I will keep playing my shots,” Rohit Sharma does not regret his mode of dismissal

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Rohit Sharma was all set to score a big knock against Australia at the Gabba before he played a reckless shot off Lyon’s bowling which led to his dismissal. The opener was unbeaten on 44 runs before he was caught by Mitchell Starc by playing a shot which Indian legend, Sunil Gavaskar termed as irresponsible.

However, Rohit Sharma stated that he had no regret playing the shot and it was a part of the plan to keep the Australians under pressure. “It’s not coming out of nowhere, it’s the shot that I play and I’ve played it very well in the past. It’s something that I really back myself to do all the time,” Rohit said at the end of day whose final session was robbed off by rain,” he said.

“That is the kind of role that I play in this team, you know. And it was…when it looks like that it looks bad but you know that is something that I don’t really think too much into. My focus has always been – once I’m in, obviously I want to make it count, make it big. Having said that, there is a process I like to follow and the process is obviously to make sure that once I’m in, I’m on top of the bowlers. And I’m trying to keep the pressure on the bowling unit of the opposition. Sometimes you get out, sometimes it goes over the ropes. Yeah, it was unfortunate and a very sad dismissal to be honest in the end. But again like I said those are my shots and I’ll keep playing them,” added Sharma.

Until he got out, Rohit Sharma was destined for a big knock. His technique against the fast bowlers of starting on the middle stump, playing close to the body and only playing those ball outside off reaped him good rewards in his short innings.

“Speaking of the adjustment, we saw in Sydney there wasn’t much bounce so I was just trying to stay leg-stump [legside] off the ball. And here I knew the line and lengths they bowl here, particularly the two right handers, they try and test you outside the off stump all the time. So I was just trying to adjust myself, I came a little bit to the off-stump to make sure I cover the line and not push my hand outside off stump. That is the little adjustment I did,” he said.

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The team has shown a lot of confidence in my ability at the top: Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma square cut Nathon Lyon for a boundary in the over which he fell and stated that his mentality of putting the pressure on the Australian bowlers was developed during his quarantine days in Sydney, when he witnessed the Australian bowlers denying the visitors any free scoring opportunities.

“Watching the first two Tests in Adelaide and Melbourne while I was in quarantine, I saw the discipline that the Australian bowling had. You have to try and figure out a way to score runs against these guys, they don’t give anything so easy. It was something I was trying to think about my batting while I was not playing,” he said.

“So it was something that really worked in the first half of my batting when they were bowling with the new ball – just getting closer to the ball, making sure that anything that is slightly outside off stump I try and leave. And once I’m in, I try and play some shots as well because that is what you want at the end of the day, to score runs and try and see how they react when you’re scoring runs. That is something I did, and it worked out until I got out.”

“The team has shown a lot of confidence in my ability at the top. Just that I have to do what the team expects me to do, not to worry about what happens anywhere else or what people talk about. The team expects me to play a certain role at the top of the order and I will try to do it as much as I can,” he added.