Rohit Sharma 'happy to bat wherever the team wants'
India's Rohit Sharma has admitted that he will be happy to bat at any position for his team's upcoming tour of Australia. Rohit Sharma, one of the most senior figures in Indian cricket team setup, will be expected to deliver goods alongside Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara especially when captain Virat Kohli will return to India after the first Test.
"I will tell you the same thing that I have told everyone all this while. I will be happy to bat wherever the team wants me to but I don't know if they would change my role as an opener," Rohit told PTI.
Sharma, who recently won the 2020 Indian T20 League with Mumbai, is currently working on his fitness at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru after struggling with a hamstring problem. He added that the management will be ready with their plans by the time he will reach Australia after completing the strength and conditioning work.
"I am sure the guys already in Australia must have figured out what are options when Virat leaves and who are the guys who will open the innings," Rohit said.
"Once I reach there, I will probably have a clearer idea of what's going to happen. I will be okay to bat wherever they want," added the dashing batsman, who has a 46-plus average in 32 Tests.
Australia pitches are often known for their immaculate bounce. Sharma, however, said otherwise. "We talk about bounce but except for Perth, over the past few years, the other grounds (Adelaide, MCG, SCG), I don't think have that much bounce.
"Nowadays, especially while opening the batting, I will have to think about not playing the cut or pull shots and focus on playing in the 'V' and as straight as possible."
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