'Jab main open karta hun toh...' - Rohit Sharma's detailed answer to 'be selfish' suggestion for his batting

Rohit Sharma has been in brilliant form with the bat for India so far in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, scoring a century and two half-centuries.

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Rohit Sharma (File Photo, Twitter)

Rohit Sharma (File Photo, Twitter)

India under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma are enjoying a golden run of form in the ongoing home ODI World Cup 2023. The men in blue are going unbeaten in the tournament with 6 successive wins in the 6 matches they played so far in the tournament. Meanwhile, skipper Rohit Sharma has also been a star performer and led the team with exemplary performances with the bat.

He has aggregated 398 runs in the 6 innings of the 6 matches, he played so far, with a brilliant average of 119.16. In the same line of events, Rohit Sharma came across a question during the press conference, where a journalist pointed out his selfless batting approach and also came up with a suggestion.

“Your selfless approach is being appreciated in this World Cup, no milestones, you are just looking to hit well. You also have the highest runs in power play. Kuch suggestions aise aaye hai former cricketers se ki thoda selfish ho jayenge team ke liye to accha rahega (there have been some suggestions from former cricketers that it will be better if you become a little selfish. You will last longer),” asked a journalist during the pre-match press conference ahead of India’s match against Sri Lanka.

"It's not like I just have to go and spin the bat." - Rohit Sharma

Following this question, the Indian skipper took a momentary pause and tried to find an answer for the same, alongside the media manager, it also left the other journalists in splits.

"Yes. I'm enjoying my batting. But, keeping the situation of the team in mind, it's not like I just have to go and spin the bat. I have to spin it well, play well and keep the team in a good situation. This is my mindset," replied Rohit Sharma and went on to answer in detail after breaking his pause.

“When I open, the scoreboard starts from zero. So as a batsman, I have to think, I have to set the tone for the game. So, I have that advantage or you can call it a benefit that I am starting the batting and there is no pressure of wickets because everything is 0-0, so when you have to start like that, you can be fearless and you can play the way you want to play but then last game we were put under pressure a little bit in the power play,” he added later.

India will take on Sri Lanka in the 33rd match of the ODI World Cup 2023 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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