25
Sunday
February 2018
1:28 PM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
Sports News
Comebacks are easier said than done: Rohit
 
(New Delhi, Sep 14, 2017): Languid strokeplay might make his batting look easy but Indian batsman Rohit Sharma says making an international comeback after a six-month injury-forced layoff is easier said than done.

Rohit was out of competitive cricket for six months (from October 2016 to April 2017) after a major hamstring injury.

But since his comeback in ODIs during the Champions Trophy, he has scored three hundreds in 10 games apart from a few half centuries.

"Comebacks are not at all easy. After a major surgery, the difficult part is to conquer the inner demons. It's all in the mind. Only an individual can overcome his fears. My batting may look easy to the eye but trust me, it's not that easy," Rohit told PTI in an interview.

Did he have fears that may be while stretching for a run or coming down the track to a spinner, he might get injured, Rohit laughed and said: "The best part that happened to me was IPL started just after I completed my rehab.

"So while captaining Mumbai Indians and taking those on- field decisions, I couldn't think about what happens if I get injured."

"And when I was playing for India, my mind became blank while batting. There was no place for any negativity," said the 30-year-old, who has 5737 runs from 163 ODIs, with 13 hundreds to his credit.

His supple wrists and sublime strokeplay may be a delight for fans but there is a lot of homework involved.

He explained how he successfully read mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya after his six-wicket haul in the second ODI against Sri Lanka during the recent away series.

"The half century was special but I didn't face Dananjaya much during that match. I was out only one over after he was brought into the attack. But in the next two games, I got hundreds and I had no problems playing him."

So what did he do differently?

"I realised that the speed of his googly was on the slower side while leg-breaks were faster. His off-break was easily negotiable. One thing we must know about these 'Mystery Spinners' -- they are bound to bowl loose deliveries and Dananjaya is no different."

He is expected to play a vital role in the upcoming series against Australia but the Indian vice-captain believes in preparing for "conditions rather than opposition".

"To each his own but my process of preparation is based on conditions not opposition. It won't be any different when we face Australia," Rohit said.

"In international cricket, the core group in most of the teams would remain same. So you know what's expected but they will operate in different conditions which is why the homework about conditions is the key. You need to know the shots you can play on particular pitches, how you want to plan your innings," Rohit elaborated.

Asked if Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood's absence would affect Australia's chances in the upcoming limited-overs series, the stylish batsman replied: "Of course, Starc is a quality bowler and his presence makes a difference but most of the Aussie boys have played IPL and are familiar with Indian conditions.

"They are a quality side and we can't take them lightly."

His captain Virat Kohli often reckons that Rohit is the hardest hitter of the cricket ball in the Indian team.

"It's nothing like that. I know one thing. If your shot crosses the ropes, you get six runs -- whether the ball travels 75m or 110 metres. So it's not always about power but about timing, body balance and position."

He is new to vice-captaincy and is enjoying the new responsibility.

"It's an honour. My job is to help Virat in the field. He is the captain and whenever he looks up around, I should be around to complement him and help him as much as I could," he signed off.(PTI)


India vs South Africa: India survive Christiaan Jonker onslaught to win T20I series
Pune eye win to seal play-off berth
India lose to Jordan in FIBA World Cup qualifiers
ISL 2017/18: Keepers excel as Kerala Blasters, Chennaiyin FC draw
Cricket can't survive without T20: Ganguly
Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah are likely to be rested for the Sri Lanka tri-series
Hockey: Rani named captain for women's tour of Korea
Kerala Blasters hope to continue winning streak against Chennayin
Harmanpreet Kaur gets Punjab Police DSP job after administrative logjam
Fernando Torres could be on his way out at Atletico Madrid
South Africa Beat India By 6 Wickets To Level Series 1-1
Wigan end Man City quadruple bid with Cup shock
ICC ODI rankings: Kohli bags rare double, Rashid, Bumrah top ranked bowlers
Christian Coleman breaks 60m indoor world record
India vs South Africa 2018: MS Dhoni breaks T20 world record
Atletico stays in touch with Barca, Madrid wins 5-3 at Betis
India beat South Africa by 28 runs in first T20I
Batting let Indian women down in 3rd T20I against South Africa
Substitute Rafi's late strike helps Chennaiyin FC snatch draw
South Africa vs India, 1st T20: Raina in focus as India look to carry on winning run
KERALA NEWS
Veerendra Kumar condemns lynching of Madhu
 (Kozhikode, Feb 24, 2018): JD(U) state president M P Veerendra Kumar today condemned the lync  
Centre seeks report on lynching of tribal man
Madhu's postmortem report out
Madhu's death: Latest developments in a nutshell
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
US schools need 'offensive capability': Trump
 (Washington, Feb 24, 2018): President Donald Trump has reiterated the idea of arming teachers
Three bombs hit capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state
Trump announces 'heaviest ever' sanctions on North Korea
Suicide bomber in Kabul kills one, injures six
NATIONAL NEWS
3 killed in road accidents in Amethi
 (Amethi (UP), Feb 24, 2018): Three people were killed and seven injured in separate road acci
Seven SC judges to retire in 2018
EC orders repolling in six booths in Tripura, CPI(M) fumes
Jaitley slams regulators, auditors for PNB fraud
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2017 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.