It’s a great day to be Rohit Sharma. The Mumbaikar will set foot onto the field in the ODI series against Sri Lanka as the 24th ODI captain of India. And for someone who had a really hot and cold start to his career, Rohit Sharma has played some exceptional limited overs cricket in the last few years to register himself as one of the modern day greats in cricket.
Speaking about his thigh surgery in 2016, Rohit conceded that he was happy enough to have been able to set foot on the field, as the injury initially looked like a career threatening one.
For someone who has a lot of talent, Rohit Sharma has had a frustrating career in ‘whites’ for India.
But Rohit Sharma has had a very fond comeback to Test cricket, scoring a blistering hundred against a rather meek looking Sri Lankan attack!
“There will always be regrets in your life. Even if you score 10,000 runs, you will feel, ‘oh, I should have scored 15,000 runs’ or people will tell you, ‘you should have scored 15,000 runs, man! But for me, I am glad that I am back on my feet because when I went through that injury (thigh surgery in 2016), at one point I was thinking whether I will be able to walk or not,” Rohit told reporters after the 2nd Test.
“I am not someone who will think about what has happened in the past. I like to see what is in front of me, and yes, that is how I look at it. When I was inexperienced having just come into the team, there were lot of things that I used to think about, but not anymore. I have passed that age where I shouldn’t be thinking what happened in the past,” he added.
Rohit then emphasised on the fact that he needs to be ready for the team in South Africa, as India will have to use a new combination in foreign conditions.
“I should be ready for what is ahead of me and that’s what matters. What has happened in the past is gone – you can never change it. For me, I can change things looking forward, and looking forward is Delhi Test match and thereafter one-day series and then the South Africa series,”
“My plans are simple and clear. I don’t want to complicate things which I have in the past, when had I just come into the team, At the end of the day, it’s just a cricket match that you have to play. Initially, my focus was much on Test cricket, like ‘Oh no this is Test cricket and I have to do well. I have to do this and that. In thinking that I lost a lot of focus and forgot (lost) what I was there for and what I needed to do and pretty clear in mind which is the most important thing,” Rohit concluded.