IND vs ENG: Went Against My Nature In Tests, T20 Approach Will Be Same Said Rohit Sharma
India opener Rohit Sharma has said that while he has managed to tweak his game a bit in the just-concluded series to suit Test cricket, his approach for T20 cricket will remain the same old one where he will look to give the team a good start especially in the first six overs.
Sharma will be playing his first T20 International after over a year and did not tour Australia for the T20s due to injury. India won that series 2-1.
Speaking ahead of the T20 International series that begins at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera from Friday, the right-handed batsman talked of the challenges he faced during batting in the last Test when he had switch to watchfulness.
"When you have to go against your own nature and have to do things that you are not used to, then it is a small win. If you keep doing that again and again then you will gain confidence. The way I batted, especially in the last Test match, when I made only 49 runs but played 150 deliveries, I felt great. I had to play against my nature," said Rohit.
"I felt like I should chase the deliveries that they were bowling outside off-stump, but I kept my nature aside and batted. I didn't play bad shots. To play with discipline was key. I got out but was happy. My challenge in Tests nowadays is how many balls I play not how many runs I make. I have to play 100, 150, or 200 balls. That is a small battle within itself."
Sharma admitted he is not sure who he will open the batting with - K.L. Rahul or Shikhar Dhawan. Despite not knowing his opening partner, he says his role remains unchanged.
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