Ahead of Wednesday’s World Test Championship final against Australia, the Indian skipper, who has the best batting average in his team (50+) ever in the tournament, believes nothing will replace a tough grind on the English courses.
Look, I think England in general is a pretty tough environment for batters. If you’re willing to grind well, you can succeed, Rohit said during the ICC Afternoon With Test Legends event here Sunday.
Rohit, who was India’s top batter in four Tests in 2021 against England, talked about his personal experience sitting alongside Pat Cummins, Ross Taylor and Ian Bell.
One thing I learned in 2021 is that you’re never in (set) and the weather is constantly changing. You need to keep concentrating for long periods of time, and you’ll have a gut feeling when it’s time to take on the bowlers. The most important thing is to be there and understand what your strengths are, the skipper said.
Rohit believes that for someone who does a lot of analytics and data, as he did over the years with the Mumbai Indians and the Indian National Team, knowing the scoring patterns of former players who have had success at the Oval would not be a bad idea.
I’m not going to try to emulate them (successful players), but it would be nice to know their scoring patterns. What I found out in the Oval is that the boundaries of the square are pretty fast. Having changed formats for over a decade, Rohit knows it’s tough, but he loves the challenge and his ability to adjust his technique as needed.
This (changing formats) has certainly been a challenging factor. You know you play in several formats. Mentally you have to be very adaptive and adjust your technique. You have to talk to yourself and be mentally prepared.
A lot of our young guys didn’t do that. A lot of us have been doing it for years and have had better results, said Capt.
He may have won five IPL trophies, one T20 Word Cup and the Champions Trophy, but for the 35-year-old Indian skipper, Test cricket remains the best format.
He constantly challenges you. You want to be in those situations. You look forward, and as a person, it brings out the best in you. We’ve had good success in test cricket over the last 3-4 years.Now it’s about overcoming that last hurdle and giving out that very victory.