Sharma is hoping to get back in form during the CLT20
Having gone through one of the worst periods in his international career, India batsman Rohit Sharma admitted that his lack of form with the bat in ODIs has been extremely frustrating.
Sharma is currently in South Africa representing the Mumbai Indians in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), which they won last year, and he hopes to be back at his best sometime throughout the tournament.
Speaking exclusively to the Times of India, Sharma said: “I enjoy my stints in Twenty20. I sincerely hope I can adapt this to one-day cricket too, and do what I manage to do in T20, I have succeeded in this format regardless of conditions, batting order and any other factors. I hope it rubs off on other formats too.”
Sharma has represented India in 13 ODIs so far this year, and has only scored 164 runs, with only one half-century to his name, which came against arch-rivals Pakistan during the Asia Cup.
Sharma’s ODI series against Sri Lanka was by far his worst this year, as he could only manage to compile 13 runs from five innings.
“I’ve opened the batting, batted at numbers 3, 4, 7… I have batted wherever I have been asked to, I am not giving any excuses here and since I’m supposed to be a professional, I’m anyway not allowed such excuses. The tours of Australia and Sri Lanka were disappointing and I also agree I struggled there. As frustrating as it has been for everybody, it’s much more frustrating for me,” Sharma said.
Since Sharma’s form began to drop, cricket pundits immediately launched a scathing attack on him, criticising him about his temperament and casual approach towards the game.
When asked how he felt about the remarks these cricket pundits were making, Sharma said: “Of course it hurts. If I was an opener, it would’ve given me time to go out there and figure things out. I don’t want to say I’m a top-order batsman or I’d specifically like to be one. I will bat wherever I am asked to. Yuvraj has been a classic example. He used to bat at No. 6, No. 7 when he first came into the Indian team. Gradually, he started batting up the order and runs started coming. Some day I too will learn to deal with it and work my way.”
With Sharma continuing to fail, many people see young superstar Manoj Tiwary replacing him in the limited overs squad, but as of right now, the Indian selectors believe that Sharma is the right man to go with since his confidence would be dealt a huge blow if he were dropped.
“I have got tremendous support from my team-mates and captain, I must have done something right in the past for which I am getting this kind of support. Nobody will back you just like that. And believe me, I’m putting in a lot of effort to repay that faith,” Sharma added.
Sharma also noted that he was following a strict training programme and believes it will help reignite the explosive player that he was earlier on in his career.