Indian opener Rohit Sharma said that one should consider his team first and play his game accordingly. Rohit, who is also India’s vice-captain in limited-overs, remains the only Indian player to feature in all the T20 World Cup events since 2007.
From the time Rohit was promoted as an opener by MS Dhoni in 2013, the batsman has taken his game to another level.
Rohit is just 48 runs shy of reaching 3000 runs in T20I cricket and will become the second Indian batter after Virat Kohli to do so.
Rohit started his T20 World Cup getting a golden duck against Pakistan and could only add 14 runs in the next match versus New Zealand.
But recently, Rohit played scintillating innings of 74 runs off 47 balls against Afghanistan, which earned him the player of the match award.
You always have to put the team ahead of yourself: Rohit Sharma
According to the situation, Rohit said that he has become much mature as a batsman and plays for the team.
“From 2016 (when the last T20 World Cup was held) to now, I have gained a lot of experience playing. I am a lot more mature as a batsman now – understanding the game and what your team needs,” Rohit was quoted as saying by T20 World Cup’s official website.
“You always have to put the team ahead of yourself and see what the team needs at that point. Try and take a moment and think, if I am going to play a shot, is it what the team needs at this point,” he added.
Rohit Sharma Mentions Why Top Three Batters Score More Hundreds In T20Is
Rohit has scored three double-hundreds for India in ODIs and four T20I centuries, a record which is hard to chase.
The 34-year-old said that opening the innings allows the batter to face as many balls and capitalise more runs from them.
“When you start the innings for the team, you have the best opportunity to play maximum balls, to get as many runs as possible. This is why you see that the number of hundreds that have been scored around the world in T20 have been by the top three batters. My job remains the same,” Rohit said.
Rohit is also the front-runner to become India’s next T20I captain after Virat Kohli will step down from the post once the T20 World Cup ends.