The buzz about his hamstring was both confusing and amusing for Rohit Sharma, who says he always knew the injury wasn’t that serious and that he would be ready for the Australian tour. India’s white-ball vice-captain, in a detailed conversation with PTI, opened up about the left hamstring injury during the IPL, which became a matter of intense speculation after returning to action within days of being banned from the Australian tour earlier this month . . He was then added to the test crew.
“I don’t know what was going on, to be honest and what everyone was talking about. But let me document this, I was constantly communicating with BCCI and Mumbai Indians,” said Rohit.
He hit a match-winning stroke of 68 from 50 balls in the IPL 2020 final against Delhi Capitals, playing pain. Rohit is currently doing strength and conditioning work at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru before moving to Australia.
“I told them (Mumbai Indians) that I can enter the field because it is the shortest format and I will be able to manage the situation very well. Once I got clear it was all about focusing on what I had to do it, ”he said.
“Hamstring feels absolutely fine. I just started the process of getting it nice and strong. Before playing the longer format I absolutely had to keep in mind that there is no stone unturned, that’s probably why, I’m at the NCA, ”Rohit added.
For Rohit, the chatter on the outside about his injury and his subsequent participation in the IPL play-offs didn’t matter much.
“So to me it didn’t matter what x, y or z was talking about, like whether he would make it to Australia,” he said.
“Once the injury occurred, all I had to do for the next two days was to figure out what to do for the next 10 days and whether I can play or not.”
Unless you go to the ground you don’t know what the body looks like, feels the five-time IPL champion.
“But every day the hamstring (degree of injury) changed. The way it responded changed, so I was confident that I could play and that’s the communication I had with MI at the time.
“I told them that I think I’ll be okay to play just before the playoffs. If there is any inconvenience, I won’t play the playoffs.”
All it took Rohit was three and a half weeks to prepare for Tests and he doesn’t understand what it was all about as the series kicks off on December 17th.
“Of course there is still some work to be done on my hamstring. That’s why I didn’t go to Australia for the white ball leg as there are back-to-back matches. About 6 matches in 11 days,” he said of the limited overs-leg that began on November 27.
“So I thought if I worked on my body for 25 days, I could probably play the test games. So it was an easy decision for me and I don’t know why it got so complicated for others,” he said.
Rohit also spoke of his long-term relationship with his Mumbai Indians IPL franchise. The five-time champions, he said, did not come about overnight.
“Yes, we have a (Kieron) Pollard, a Hardik (Pandya), (Jasprit) Bumrah but has anyone thought why this team is successful?” he asked.
“A lot of people, I hear saying that he (Rohit) can do it with other teams? First, why do I have to do it with other teams? There’s a certain way this franchise wants to go and the same direction I want to go. as a player as as a leader, ”he explained.
“Did this team get good overnight? No. It’s just that this franchise doesn’t believe in chopping and changing. And every player, including Rohit Sharma, was available (2011) at auctions. Just that MI chose and believed in building a team. ”
He was extremely proud that MI got New Zealand pacemaker Trent Boult on board, which worked wonders for them. Boult was released by Delhi Capitals for the players auction, a decision they would likely regret given how effective he was this year.
“Trent Boult was at Delhi last year and before that at Sunrisers. We needed someone who could pre-deliver wickets and swing the ball,” said Rohit.
“We pursued him vigorously and took him out of Capitals, which is something I’m proud of.”
It’s been a tough year in every way, but Rohit said the franchise provided an environment that created memories of a lifetime while trapped in a biobubble by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“MI in a year where everything was uncertain created a happy space for us. 80 days in a bio bubble never felt claustrophobic. Every little aspect was taken care of and preparation started in June in a bio-safe environment with all the nets. Bowlers and Indian players,” “he said.
Rohit also touched on his IPL leadership and talked about the freedom he gives his players by allowing them to evolve as individuals. As an example, he cited Suryakumar Yadav’s calmness when dealing with India’s rejection.
“We were in our team room and I felt he was down. But I wasn’t going to talk to him. It was he who came up and said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll get over it and win the games for MI’. .
“And when he said that, I also realized that he is going in the right direction, not only in IPL but also in his overall career. There are a lot of games in India and his time will come.
“If you ask me, my philosophy is mind over matter and that’s what works for me.”
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