During a live chat with India female cricketers Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues on video show titled Double Trouble, Rohit Sharma revealed why he is so comfortable at playing workers.
“It’s a favourite shot of mine [yorker at the off-stump], I used to practice that a lot, when I used to bat in the middle order. I had to finish off games. I’m talking about T20 cricket [for Mumbai Indians]. I used to request Malinga, to bowl just five yorkers: on my legs or on the stumps or outside off. He used to say, ‘okay macha, no problem’. And when he bowled outside off, I used to try and take the ball on the full. So that the ball hits just above the bottom of the bat and get sliced,” Rohit told Mandhana and Rodrigues.
Rohit is one of the best limited-overs players in the world at the moment. He is the only player with three double-hundreds in the ODIs, something which still feels unrealistic. So it was understandable that Mandhana sought advice from the “Hitman” on how to convert the 70s and 80s into big scores. India's ODI captain revealed that it's all down to a change in his mindset when he became opener.
“Mindset is very simple, because I lost some years of my career batting in the middle order without scoring too much,” Rohit told Mandhana, who asked for advice on how to convert her 70s and 80s into big scores.”
“So when I saw that I get such good opportunities at the top of the order to play 50 overs, and I play out the first 10 overs, then only my mistake can get me out. In the first 10 overs, there is help for bowlers. That’s why when you see my strike rate, in the first 10 overs its not great.”
“My rehab was going on at NCA before the lockdown as I was injured. The last part of my recovery process was remaining, so I am following that at home now,” he told.
Sharma, who recently turned 33, was also asked the toughest bowler he has ever faced in the nets and he named his international teammate Mohammed Shami, who loves to bowl the bouncers when in the nets.
“The pitches we have for net sessions are almost always green with moisture. And whenever Shami sees a green pitch, he eats extra biryani! Bumrah is also difficult but he has been around only for two-three years. Shami, I have been playing since 2013. But yeah, right now there must be a competition going on between Bumrah and Shami, on who beats the bat most, who can hit the most on the helmets,” he said.