India vs West Indies: Nobody in the world can tell me how to bat, says Rohit Sharma
India batsman Rohit Sharma says he will never shy away from playing his natural game irrespective of the format he is playing.
Port of Spain: India batsman Rohit Sharma says he will never shy away from playing his natural game irrespective of the format he is playing.
After falling cheaply in the first innings, Rohit made his second opportunity count in the third and final Test against the West Indies.
He smashed three sixes towards the end of day four, pushing the run-rate up before getting an unfortunate decision on the fifth Day morning that forced him to return on 41 from 59 balls.
"My natural game is to attack and put the pressure back on the bowlers whether I am facing the first ball or the last. I know situations are going to be different, but one thing is for sure that I am not going to change my natural game. I am what I am. I understand Test cricket cannot be played like One-Day cricket, but there are examples around the world of cricketers playing in a similar way," Rohit told 'bcci.tv'.
He added,"I should do what is best for me and I know what is best for me. Nobody in the world can tell me how to bat or how to not to bat. I have to stick to my game plan, stick to what has got me success since I started playing cricket. There is a certain way to bat in different situations and I am willing to do that."
The attacking batsman says he has learned to deal with intense scrutiny and knows what works best for him.
Rohit says he is always ready to fit in as per the team's requirements.
"I think when it comes to that it is important to know what the captain and the coach feel about it. My role is simple. Whenever I am told to play in a certain way, I am trying to play in a certain way.
"It happened once in Sri Lanka (2015) when I was moved in the batting order. It is not my choice. It is up to the management and I have to be ready for that. I have done that in ODIs and won't shy away from doing that (in Test matches). Whatever position my captain and coach decide, I am up for it."
Jemimah, who was not part of India's World Cup squad in New Zealand, marked her return to international cricket with a vital 27-ball 36 not out to give India enough runs to defend in the first T20 International here on Thursday.
Pujara will be seen in the Indian squad again after performing exceptionally in County Cricket. KL Rahul was initially included in the squad but will be out after getting injured.
In a unique incident, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was penalised for five runs after he threw the ball at opposition batter Wayne Madsen in an attempt to run him out, in the Vitality Blast on Sunday.