Need to be extra cautious and focussed while batting during twilight phase: Rohit Sharma on pink ball Test


Set to play in solely his second pink ball Test, India opener Rohit Sharma on Sunday stated he’ll be “extra cautious and focussed” while batting during the twilight part of the upcoming day-night match in opposition to England.

Rohit, who scored a stunning 161 within the second Test in Chennai, had featured within the first day-night Test held in India in opposition to Bangladesh in November 2019 however didn’t bat during the twilight part.

“So far I have only heard that it kind of plays on a batsman’s mind . I played just one pink ball Test against Bangladesh but didn’t get to bat at that (twilight) time when sun was about to set but I have to try and understand what exactly happens during that time,” he stated during a digital press convention forward of the third Test in opposition to England, beginning right here on Wednesday.

“It’s obviously a little challenging, the weather and light suddenly change. You have to be extra cautious and focussed, you need to talk to yourself. All batters are aware of these challenges. We just need to be mindful of the situation and play accordingly.”

The four-Test collection between India and England is at present tied at 1-1.

Apart from this, Rohit can also be involved about adjusting to the lights and environment whilefielding within the newly-built Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera.

“Whenever you play in a new stadium, there’s always a challenge to get used to the lights. Tomorrow we will be practising under the lights so the focus will be on getting used to those lights and seats because the seats are new and they will be shiny,” he stated.

With a World Test Championship remaining spot at stake, the continued collection holds nice significance for each India and England.

While India want to win at the least yet another match and draw the opposite if they’re to progress to the ultimate, England should win each the remaining video games.

“Yes, of course we want to qualify, we want to be there in the (WTC) final but we still need to do a lot of things right to get there. When we are playing, the focus is only on what we need to do to win the game,” Rohit stated.

“There are little steps which we need to take before we reach the final. It’s too far ahead still. It’s very important to stay in the moment. It is important to stay in the present and focus on the job at hand.”

India’s restricted overs vice-captain pressured on the significance of communication, which in accordance to him is important for the aspect’s success.

“I often stand in the slips so I read the game from behind and it is important for me to pass on the information as to what the batter is trying to do. We try and keep sharing the information with each other so that the team gets what it wants on the field,” he stated.

“Whatever helps the team to get over the line we are ready to do that. On many occasions you have seen that the team has come from a difficult situation and made a comeback and that’s only because of communication.”

Rohit additionally touched upon his harm rehabilitation part earlier than the Australia Test collection after he sustained a hamstring pressure during the final IPL within the UAE.

He thanked the BCCI and Cricket Australia for his or her help during his 14-day quarantine interval Down Under earlier than the Test collection.


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