Rohit Sharma sets his sights on Test cap
Having led Mumbai Indians to their second Champions League T20 title, Rohit Sharma said he is ready to feature in all three formats of the game for India.
Rohit who opened the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan in India’s triumph at the Champions Trophy in England earlier this year said: “Modern cricket is such that you cannot lock your place. I am ready for last six years to play in all three formats. Hopefully, I will get an opportunity soon.”
“I am waiting for the Test cap and hopefully I’ll get it soon. I am waiting for the right time and opportunity,” he said at the press conference after MI’s 33-run win over Rajasthan Royals on Sunday night. Elaborating on the win, Sharma said: “It wasn’t easy for us. There were a lot of expectations and I think we held our nerve well. We showed a lot of character in the tournament.” he said.
Sharma claimed he was never worried about the form of off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and called him a “great match winner”. Harbhajan took three wickets in an over during his haul of 4 for 32 to derail Royals’ chase of 203-run target. “Harbhajan is a great match winner. I was not worried about his form. He is a big match player and brought us back into the game. His three wickets in an over proved crucial for us,” Sharma said.
“Glenn Maxwell also played a great knock. It was a crucial knock as he timed his shots to perfection. We knew his strength, and that is why drafted him in the side. For Rajasthan, Sanju Samson and Ajju (Ajinkya Rahane) really played very well,” Sharma said of the Australian who blasted a 14-ball 37.
Sharma, however, insisted the match was not decided in one or two overs. “I don’t think that way. This match was not decided in one or two overs. On a wicket like this and in final where we scored 200 plus runs, we were always in the match. We scored some 140 plus runs in the last 10 overs. The track was flat, there was dew factor. I feel all 40 overs mattered here.”
Sharma said he has always believed in leading from the front just like his Indian team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “When you play well, then you inspire your team. I have got good support from my teammates. We have a good understanding. I like to take the charge and lead from the front. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has done it so many times by leading from the front. He has inspired people with his own performance,” he said.
MI’s march to the CLT20 title
> Vs Rajasthan Royals: Lost by seven wickets in Jaipur
Mumbai Indians 142-7 (R Sharma 44, K Pollard 42; V Malik 4-23) and RR 148-3 (S Samson 54, A Rahane 33)
> Vs Otago: Match washed out in Ahmedabad
> Vs Lions: Won by seven wickets in Jaipur
Lions 140-5 (A Petersen 35 not out; P Ojha 2-26) and MI 141-3 (D Smith 63)
> Vs Perth Scorchers: Won by six wickets in Delhi
Perth Scorchers 149-6 (S Whiteman 51 not out; N Coulter-Nile 3-19) and MI 152-4 (D Smith 48; R Sharma 51 not out)
> Vs Trinidad & Tobago: Won by six wickets in Delhi
T & T: 153-5 (E Lewis 62; K Ottley 41 not out) and MI 157-4 (D Smith 59, S Tendulkar 35; S Narine 3-17)
> Vs Rajasthan Royals: Won by 33 runs in Delhi
MI 202-6 (D Smith 44, R Sharma 33; P Tambe 2-19) and RR 169 (A Rahane 65, S Samson 60; Harbhajan 4-32, K Pollard 3-31)