With some fine performances in all three formats of the game, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma says he has answered most of his critics quite emphatically in the past one year but cannot really do much about those who keep thinking about him like obsessive lovers.
“Even after a good last season, there were people who were still criticising me. So I have realised that I have to just score runs because some criticism will always be there. I will do what’s there in my control as I have no control on what others feel about me. Critics actually are like girlfriends, they never stop thinking about you,” Rohit told PTI in jest during an interview.
With more than 1000 runs in ODIs during the last season apart from winning Player-of-the-series award in his debut Test series, Rohit has finally shown the consistency that his ardent fans expected from him.
“It has been a good year and I would like to continue the good work in the coming season. I am confident that I will be able to win matches for India,” the 27-year-old talented Mumbaikar said.
Asked about the much-anticipated England series starting in the last week of this month, Rohit said mentally, he has started preparing but is not losing sleep over it.
“I have been watching the ongoing England vs Sri Lanka series to get an idea about their team. I wouldn’t like to over-prepare. I believe that once you are in the groove, you can create your own strategy reacting to the situations.
“It worked for me in New Zealand, where I batted well. Obviously, the basics will remain the same,” said the right-hander, who had an impressive start to his Test career with 455 runs from six games.
Asked about any technical changes he has introduced in his batting, the stylish batsman said, “England is a place where you have to be good both on front and backfoot. If James Anderson is swinging the ball, you need to come forward and be on top of the ball.
“The head position and the balance needs to be perfect. Similarly, if a bowler drops short, one needs to get onto the backfoot. These are basic things that everyone needs to do correctly.”
Rohit, along with Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, was not a part of the Test squad that was ‘Whitewashed’ 0-4 in 2011 and thus doesn’t have any scars of that series.
“I believe we should treat this as another series instead of taking too much pressure. It’s true that we (him, Virat, Pujara) wouldn’t carry any baggage but yes it would be a challenging series.
“I never like comparing one series with another. Just like South Africa was a different challenge, England will be another tough challenge,” said one of India’s batting mainstays.
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