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IPL 10: Rohit Sharma sets sights high

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Apr 3, 2017, 12:55 am IST
Updated Apr 3, 2017, 12:59 am IST
The Mumbai skipper is upbeat about his team’s bowling attack this season comprising Malinga, Johnson and Bumrah.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma addresses media in Mumbai on Sunday (Photo: AP)
 Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma addresses media in Mumbai on Sunday (Photo: AP)

Mumbai: After missing competitive action for five months, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is anxious to get back on the field. The 29-year-old Indian stylish batsman suffered thigh injury in the last ODI against New Zealand in Vizag on October 29. Following the injury, Rohit had to undergo surgery in England and has been out of action since.

He did feature in two Vijay Hazare games for Mumbai last month but missed Deodhar Trophy. He was cleared by BCCI medical team along with franchise team-mate Hardik Pandya on Saturday and has already joined the Mumbai Indians preparatory camp under new coach Mahela Jayawardene.

 

“Everything is fine and I’m waiting to get back onto the field. Yesterday was our practice game, I played full 40 overs without any issues, so looking good. It feels a long time, actually more than five months. I missed a lot of games but it is part of any sportsman’s career when injuries happen. I am not looking backwards and want to start the season on a high,” he said on Sunday.

The Mumbai dasher who has been a certainty in limited overs cricket had shown consistency with three fifties in three Tests against New Zealand but missed 10 home Tests after that owing to injury. He did not agree that the injury was a setback to his career especially in Tests.

 

“I am just 29. Five months missing cricket does not do any bad. These things will happen in future too. In your career you will miss games. It has happened before and now it does not come as a surprise. It’s important for me to stay strong and focus ahead. I am looking forward and there’s so much cricket coming up,” Rohit said.

Reflecting on the injury, Rohit admitted he was scared initially but he stayed strong all through. “During my innings in Vizag I heard a loud noise while taking a run, I was scared until I got MRI done but once the days passed everything was clear. We contacted many doctors and spoke to Patrick Farhart (Indian team physio). They all gave me confidence. I came through comfortably.”

 

‘Moved on from India-Australia series rancour’
Rohit Sharma revealed that he wasn’t surprised by the tempers flaring high during the recently concluded four match Test series between India and Australia.

“India-Australia series have always seen good rivalry over the years and I was not surprised at what happened. When you play against a top side in the world, these things are common. As long as one remembers not to cross limits, it’s good. It was a hard-fought battle and some things were blown out of proportion. Players know what needs to be done on and off field,” he opined.

 

When asked about his equation with Australians especially Johnson, he said. “We are all pretty good friends.” Rohit admitted he missed the action during the exciting series which India won 2-1 but said it was wonderful to watch from outside.

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