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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)


Mexico shock World Cup holders Germany
World Cup: Serbia edge out Costa Rica in Group E opener
Messi penalty saved as Iceland hold Argentina
FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia stun Saudi Arabia in opener, substitutes shine in 5-0 win
India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test: Afghanistan fight back as India reach 347-6 on Day 1
Afghanistan not nervous about Test clash with India, says skipper Asghar Stanikzai
Amelia Kerr slams 232* to break 21-year-old record in Women's ODIs
Defending champions Germany arrive in Russia for World Cup
Navdeep Saini replaces Mohammed Shami in Test team against Afghanistan
David de Gea wants Spain's PM to offer public apology
Women's hockey: India begin 5-match series against Spain
Sunil Chhetri scores a brace to equal Messi's record, wins India the match
Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open title
Neymar on target again as Brazil beat Austria
FIFA World Cup: Lanzini injury blow for Argentina
Cristiano Ronaldo likely to leave Real Madrid over unfulfilled promises
French Open: Halep defeats Muguruza, to play in third final
French Open: Muguruza defeats Sharapova in straight sets
"India focus on getting the job done at Intercontinental Cup`
Kohli features in world's highest-paid athletes list
KERALA NEWS
Kerala among 13 states on thunderstorm alert
 (New Delhi, May 7, 2018): Thunderstorms accompanied by squall, hail and heavy rains are likel  
Kerala Karshaka Jadha Opens to a Great Beginning / Video
Malappuram press club attack: RSS workers nabbed
Workers injured in mudslide at construction site
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Nigeria: 31 people killed in twin suicide blasts
 (Abuja, June 17, 2018):Reportedly, 31 people have been killed in twin suicide blasts in Niger
1 dead, 20 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting
Pakistan SC bars Musharraf from contesting election
N Korea no longer a nuclear threat: Trump
NATIONAL NEWS
Vajpayee better, hopeful of full recovery in next few days: AIIMS director
 (NEW DELHI, June 13, 2018):Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has shown significant i
Congress wins Jayanagar assembly seat in Karnataka
Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram offer models of decentralized waste management systems
Bhaiyyu Maharaj, Spiritual Guru To Top Politicians, Commits Suicide
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