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India batsman Rohit Sharma has insisted that he is not worried about his Test career, even though he has failed to cement a permanent spot in the team.
Rohit was picked for India’s Test series in South Africa, but only played in two of the three matches due to his disappointing form with the bat. In the two Tests, he scored 78 runs at an average of 19.50.
As a result of his inconsistent performances, Rohit was dropped for the historic Test match against Afghanistan, which begins on June 14 in Bangalore.
“There’s limited time you have as a player and I have finished almost half of it,” he was quoted as saying by NDTV. “There’s no point in spending the remaining half thinking whether I’ll be picked or not. I am going forward with the theory of ‘whatever time I have, make it count’.
“For me, I am not at a stage to worry about whether I’ll be picked or not. I need to enjoy my game. The first five-six years of my career, it was all about ‘oh, will I be picked? Will I play!’ Now it’s all about enjoying the game. These things keeps adding pressure on you. Instead, it’s best to enjoy yourself in what you do and give your best.
“I got into the national team when I was 20 and I made my Test debut when I was 26. I had an opportunity to make my debut in 2010, but I missed that (due to a freak injury while playing football at practice). After that, it made me realise that the more you want, your attitude changes. I have realised there’s time for everything.
“There has to be time and a slot available for it. The seniors – Sachin, Rahul, VVS and Sourav – were all playing then so we had to wait. After a point, I realised there’s no point thinking about it (selection). No point in thinking about what the selectors are doing and all.”
Rohit added that he was not surprised about the selectors’ decision to remove him from the Test squad for the fixture against Afghanistan, who will be making their Test debut.
“I was not,” he said. “As I said, I can only keep enjoying my game. There’s no time to regret about anything. I’ve had enough time to regret in the past. We have got big events coming up, so best to focus on it.”
Despite being dropped from the Test team, Rohit made it clear that he should not be regarded as a white-ball specialist.
“By no means,” he said. “As a child, all I dreamt of was to play Test cricket and that dream will never be over. Nobody can take away my game or what I think about the game.
“Selectors can do what is best in their control, players will do what is in their control. It’s important to keep focus. When I started playing cricket, there was no white ball cricket. We used to play in school, in age-group cricket with red ball. White ball came much later. As a child, you only saw red ball cricket.”