Sharma noted that Tendulkar is like a mentor to him
India batsman Rohit Sharma has been in dreadful form as of late and admitted that iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar has constantly given him advice on how to regain his form and improve his batting technique.
Sharma is still searching for his first India Test cap and is willing to do anything to secure the vacant number six spot that he is competing with Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Manoj Tiwary for ahead of the Test series against England.
“It’s correct that I really want a Test cap, I have always worked towards that and continue to do so. Not everything is in my hands, so I focus on the things I can do. Now (in the Ranji Trophy), I will try to go out and score as many runs as possible, and then it is up to the selectors,” Sharma said.
Sharma also mentioned that he was pleased to play alongside the ‘Little Master’ in the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai and added that Tendulkar always points out little flaws in his technique that help him to become a better batsman.
“I have been with him (Tendulkar) the last three days like I have been when part of the Mumbai Indians team, he comes and talks to me whenever he thinks something about my batting needs to be corrected. So we often have chats on how I can improve my cricket. It’s a boost for the guys in the team to have Sachin and Zak around. There’s always an opportunity to learn something new,” Sharma said.
With his performances for the limited overs squads coming under heavy criticism as well, Sharma knows that his time is running out.
“It’s been like this for two to three years now so I am used to it, you are either in the Indian team or you are playing Ranji Trophy. You get used to it. But wherever you play, it’s important to keep doing well and keep scoring runs. You need to be prepared at all times. Look at Ajinkya (Rahane) – he is playing for India A today, but he will play for Mumbai tomorrow. You need to be prepared at all times,” Sharma added.