Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma, after his remarkable unbeaten 121 in a recent match against Afghanistan, revealed that his innovative shots, including the switch hit and reverse sweep, were a strategic move to put the bowlers under pressure. Rohit's century, which came off 69 balls, helped India reach a total of 212/4. The captain's partnership with Rinku, who scored an unbeaten 69 off 39 balls, set a record for India's highest fifth-wicket partnership in T20Is.
Despite starting slowly and being under pressure, Rohit accelerated in the later overs, scoring 93 runs in the last 35 balls. He showcased his versatility by employing reverse sweeps and switch hits, emphasizing that practicing these shots in the nets was essential. Rohit mentioned that playing such shots becomes necessary when the ball is spinning, and hitting straight becomes challenging.
Reflecting on India's goals for the series against Afghanistan, Rohit mentioned discussions with Rahul Dravid, emphasizing the importance of trying different strategies and utilizing bowlers in various situations. With India winning the series 3-0, Rohit acknowledged that the squad for the upcoming 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup is yet to be finalized. He highlighted the challenge of balancing experimentation with team selection, emphasizing the need for clarity and focusing on the team's requirements.
Rohit also shared insights into his motivation after the ODI World Cup final heartbreak in Ahmedabad, emphasizing the significance of the 50-over World Cup and expressing determination to make the most of the upcoming opportunity to win the tournament.
(With Agency Inputs)