I am a different person in terms of how I think about the game, says Rohit 'Family Man'

By Kushan Sarkar (Eds: Part 1 of an exclusive)

New Delhi, January 6 () Rohit Sharma is in a large space in his life.

The white ball vice captain of India enjoyed a phenomenal 2019 in which he scored a record 2,442 runs as a starter in three formats and, more importantly, took on the challenge of being a test starter with great success.

I am a different Rohit in terms of how I think. I am in a big space in my life because of the family I have: my wife (Ritika) and my daughter (Samaira). I'm not worried about what others are talking about, Rohit said in an exclusive interview that analyzes the memorable 12 years of his international cricket career.

For someone, who has received bouquets of flowers and bouquets of bricks in equal measure, the 32-year-old woman is no longer bothered by criticism.

They (wife and daughter) fill me with love and happiness and I try to stay within that instead of thinking of X, & or Z commenting on me, he said.

In fact, I have passed that age to react to someone who speaks good or bad things about me. Frankly speaking, it doesn't matter anymore.

A double century in their debut as a test opener against South Africa gave India the kind of momentum they were desperately looking for after Virender Sehwag's departure from the scene.

But ask Rohit about it and he says: Honestly speaking, I stopped thinking about test tests a long time ago.

And the obvious question is why?

Previously, I was thinking too much about test success. I would exaggerate why this happens, why I am playing that shot. After each test entry, I would go to our video analyst, sit down, watch and then confuse (mess up) my brain even more. That was not really the right thing he was doing, recalled one of the best white ball players in India.

Thinking too much about technique did not allow me to enjoy the game. All that was in my mind was 'Oh, I have to do well in Test cricket'. Then, before the Australia 2018-19 series, I said to myself 'Boss whatever has to happen will happen and I will not think about the technique'.

At the end of the day, I want to go out, share a laugh with my classmates and enjoy, the elegant Mumbaikar revealed.

Many thought that the South African series was their last chance at redemption as a test cricketer, but not the man himself.

If you talk about opening in the SA series, from the perspective of the people, it was my last chance, but I am an athlete and I can't think like that. If I thought it was my last chance, I would not have scored races. with that mentality

You cannot allow negative thoughts to seep when you play such a high profile sport, he said.

But at the same time, it is realistic enough to admit that he had to take advantage of the opportunity presented to him.

I know that I am no longer 22 or 23 years old, I will continue to have opportunities in the test matches and I can take my place for granted. I know that every time I go out, I have to put a high price on my wicket. I am lucky to have an opportunity that many expect. So why should I regret worrying or thinking about so many things?

For Rohit, success in recent years is due to a shield that he has been able to build around him to turn off the noise.

When you practice sports, there is a lot of distraction and noise around you. You need to create an environment around you so that none of this bothers you. No idea, vision or sermons will enter that shield unless you allow it. Let people say good things, bad things, you don't have to worry about that.

He empathizes with the young Rishabh Pant, who has been harassed by critics for inconsistency.

In fact, he was telling Pant the same. The poor man is only 21 (22) years old and people tell him to score hundreds in each game, do this and that. I mean cut a lazy man. I told Rishabh 'Create a wall and make sure nobody enters. It is your refuge. People want to talk about you, let them do it outside that wall and do what you intend to do within your area.

Who knows, I could help Rishabh. At least it worked for me.

After the ICC World Cup, there were stories about older players who extended their families' stay beyond the designated number of days and Rohit said he felt hurt that families would be dragged into it.

Our families are there to support us, make us feel happy. When all these things were written, few of my friends came and told me and believe me or not, I was laughing. But then it went on and on and they dragged my family and that didn't happen. You talk about me but don't drag my family since they really don't care about anything else. I believe that even Virat (Kohli) must have felt the same way that families are an important aspect of our lives. KHS PM PM

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