Rohit Sharma was not a part of the team when Australia toured India for the Test series earlier this year but one can safely bet that the India opener was well aware of the controversies and the altercations that had marred the fiercely-fought series which the hosts won.
The series had begun with a bang with the visitors inflicting a shocking 333-run defeat on Virat Kohli & Co. and although the level of cricket did not deteriorate with the passage of time, controversies began to steal the limelight from the series. From Steve Smith being caught red-handed seeking inputs from dressing room on a DRS call, to Kohli’s explosive press-conferences to the not-stop in-field chatters, the focus was perhaps more on the controversies rather than the game during the four-match series.
The players of both the teams have moved on after the series with majority of them even sharing the dressing room in the Indian Premier League and Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma has insisted the teams need to play the series in the spirit of the game. But at the same time, he made it clear that there will be no dearth of on -field aggression which has become a big feature of any India-Australia contest.
“We have to wait and see once the tournament starts. Obviously we have to play in the spirit of the game. We all are aggressive in nature. But having said that, we always keep in mind that the spirit of the game is something that always need to be there and there needs to be a line which should be drawn every now and then. We all know as professional cricketers that we don’t need to cross our limits. Lot of these guys have played enough cricket to understand that,” Rohit said at the pre-match presser.
“But we all want to play aggressive cricket. That is what India-Australia cricket match is all about. We always come hard at each other and that’s how this series is going to be played. But having said that there will be a parameter which we will not cross,” he added.