India vs South Africa 2019
Rohit Sharma (Credits - BCCI)
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Rohit Sharma will have an uphill task at hand when he arrives in Australia for the four-match Test series beginning in Adelaide. The BCCI have rested Rohit Sharma from the limited-overs leg, allowing him time to recover for red-ball cricket, which is the most crucial part of India’s tour. With bounce set to be a significant factor down under, the 33-year remains unfazed by the same.

Rohit Sharma, who opened for the first time in October last year, has played all matches as a top-order batsman at home. The right-handed batsman flourished against South Africa and Bangladesh at home in 2019; however, playing in Australia comes with a different challenge. With Virat Kohli slated to miss three out of four Tests, Rohit will have the extra responsibility.

Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood
Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood (Credits: ESPNCricinfo)

Rohit Sharma heard talks of bounce being a significant factor in Australia; however, asserts that not many Indian batsmen fell prey to it during their last visit. The Nagpur-born cricketer reminded that during the Perth Test in 2018-19, Nathan Lyon was the one taking a fifer. He believes that batsmen need to display grit while facing Australian pacemen.

We talk about bounce on Australian tracks. But tell me how many people got out on bouncers during the last series? When we played in Perth in 2018-19, it was Nathan Lyon, who got eight wickets including a five-for. In Australia, half the job is done if you can start well upfront,” Rohit told PTI.

You can’t just jump the gun and think too far ahead: Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma, Sydney Test, Australia vs India 2018
Rohit Sharma (Credits – AFP)

Rohit Sharma highlighted that the series would be challenging, no matter the format and especially after a lengthy break. The 33-year old will want to concentrate on the basics of Test cricket and does not wish to take anything too far ahead.

“It’s going to be challenging. In general, international cricket is never easy, whichever format it is. When you had such a long lay off, it becomes all the more difficult. So, I would be focusing on basics of red ball cricket and then you can top up with other things. That’s how I would like to take it forward. You can’t just jump the gun and think too far ahead,” he added.

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