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I play according to the field: Rohit
 
(Indore, Dec 23, 2017):It's not brute power but sublime timing with which Rohit Sharma produces the big knocks and the Indian opener says it is the ability to play according to the field that is key to his batting.

"I definitely don't have so much power. I rely a lot on timing the ball more than anything else. I know what my strengths are as well as my weaknesses. I try to play to the field as much as I can, to be honest," Rohit, who flattened the Sri Lankan attack with joint fastest T20 century, said.

He clears the boundary ropes with consummate ease, in complete contrast to modern day's aggressive batsmen such as Chris Gayle, who rely on power hitting.

Yet he is the only batsman, who has three double hundreds in ODIs and now two in the Twenty20 format.

Asked if he makes any technical adjustment to hit the long shots, Rohit explained his strategy.

"The field is spread after six overs. I try and see where I can find my boundary options. It's important to be able to play with the field," he said.

"I want to score all around the park and not just one area. It's important to explore the fielding the opposition keeps for me.

"In all formats, I try to do that. You can't just hit in one area, you become predictable then. It's always important to score runs all over the field and that's my strength."

The way he was mauling the Lankan attack, a double hundred in T20 was a possibility. However, Rohit said he did not think of double century.

"Not really. I was just thinking to score runs. I wasn't thinking of any particular target. In all the formats, I don't look to score runs to get to a particular milestone," he said.

"My job is to go out there and score as many (runs) as possible. Not just 100s or 200s or 300s. I go out there to make sure I get my team into a good position.

"There are times when you don't get runs. There are times when you get runs. That is all part and parcel of the game.

Never do I ever walk out thinking that I want to score a century or a double century. I just want to give my best and get the team a victory," he said.

Rohit, who is leading the side in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, also realised how tough it is to captain the Indian team, considering the heavy weight of expectations from billions of people.

"There is lot of pressure, specially after first match in Dharamsala. We were in such a position that we were on the verge of getting all out on our lowest score," he said.

"I thought a lot about my captaincy and team and that it is very difficult. We are representing 140 crore people and there is lot of pressure of that.

"Since I am leading the side for the first time, there was pressure and there will be pressure when we play next match in Mumbai. I don't know when will I captain the side again, so every minute spent on ground is important for me," he said.

During his sensational 118-run knock off just 43 balls, Rohit hit 10 sixes and 12 boundaries.

Asked if he surprised himself with any one particular shot, Rohit replied in a negative.

"I don't play any of those flamboyant shots. I just try to hit the ball in the area I look to hit. All the shots please me since it takes a lot to pull that off," he said.

"Even when you defend you should like that as well. It's not just about hitting boundaries and sixes even the ball hit in the gap should make you more happy," he said.(PTI)


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