New Delhi: The ruckus over his hamstrings was confusing and fun for Rohit Sharma, who says he always knew the injury wasn’t that bad and that he would be battle-ready for the Australia tour.
The Indian vice-captain of the white balloon, in a detailed conversation with PTI, opened up about the left thigh injury during the IPL, which became a subject of intense speculation following his return to action days after being banned from touring Australia earlier this month. He was then added to the test team.
“I don’t know what was going on, to be honest and what all the people were talking about. But let me say it, I was constantly communicating with BCCI and the Indians in Mumbai,” Rohit said.
He hit a winning shot of 68 of 50 balls in the IPL final against the Delhi Capitals, playing in pain. Rohit is currently doing strength and conditioning work at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru before heading to Australia.
“I told them (the Bombay Indians) that I could take the pitch because it is the shorter format and that I will be able to handle the situation quite well. Once I made myself clear, it s ‘It was about focusing on what I had to do., “he said.
“The hamstrings feel perfectly fine. I just started the process to make it look good and strong. Before playing the longer format, I absolutely had to be clear in mind that there is no stone. that remains unreturned is probably the reason I’m at the NCA, ”Rohit added.
For Rohit, the outside chatter about his injury and subsequent participation in the IPL play-offs didn’t matter much.
“So for me it wasn’t a question of what x, y or z was talking about, like he was going to go to Australia,” he said.
“Once the injury happened, the next two days all I did was figure out what I can do over the next 10 days whether or not I will be able to play.
Unless we go to the ground, we won’t know how the body is formed, reckons the five-time IPL champion captain.
“But every day the hamstrings (the degree of injury) were changing. The way they responded changed, so I felt pretty confident that I could play and that’s the communication I had with MI at that time. .
“I told them that I think I will be okay with playing right before the play-offs. If there is any discomfort, I won’t play the play-offs.”
All Rohit needed was three and a half weeks to prepare for testing and he doesn’t understand what it was, considering the series begins on December 17th.
“Of course, there is still work to be done on my hamstrings. That’s why I didn’t go to Australia for the white ball game as there are back-to-back games. About six games in 11 days,” he said of the limited round from November 27
“So I thought if I worked on my body for 25 days, I could probably go and play the test matches. So that was an easy decision for me and I don’t know why it got so complicated for them. others, “he wondered aloud.
Rohit also spoke about his enduring relationship with his IPL Mumbai Indians franchise. The five-time champions, he said, were not created overnight.
“Yeah, we have a (Kieron) Pollard, a Hardik (Pandya), (Jasprit) Bumrah but has anyone thought why this team is successful?” He asked.
“A lot of people, I hear he can (Rohit) do it with other teams? First, why should I do it with other teams? There is a certain way that this franchise wants to go and the same direction I want to go both as a player and as a leader, ”he explained.
“Did this team get good overnight? No. It’s just that this franchise doesn’t believe in chopping up and changing. And every player, including Rohit Sharma, was available (2011) for auction. Just that MI chose and believed in building a team. “
He was extremely proud that MI had brought the New Zealand pacemaker Trent Boult on board, which worked wonders for them. Boult was released by Delhi Capitals ahead of the players’ auction, a move they would likely regret given his effectiveness this year.
“Trent Boult was with Delhi last year and before that with Sunrisers. We needed someone to provide wickets up front and who could swing the ball,” Rohit said.
“We pursued him strongly and got him from the Capitals, which I’m proud of.
It has been a tough year in every way, but Rohit said the franchise provides an environment that creates memories of a lifetime while being locked in a bio-bubble due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“MI in a year when everything was uncertain, created a happy space for us. 80 days in a bio-bubble never felt claustrophobic. Every little aspect was taken care of and preparation began in June in an environment bio-secure with the entire network of Indian bowlers and players, ”he said.
Rohit also spoke about his IPL leadership and talked about the freedom he gives his players by letting them grow as individuals. He cited Suryakumar Yadav’s composure while addressing the rejection of India as an example.
“We were sitting in our team room and I could feel that he was downcast. But I didn’t go talk to him. He was the one who came over and said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll go. put it back in and win the matches for MI ‘.
“And when he said I also realized that he was going in the right direction not only in terms of IPL but in his overall career. There are a lot of matches in India and his time will come.
“If you ask me, my philosophy is mind over matter and that’s what works for me.”