The new standing captain of Team India in all three formats, Rohit Sharma has recently praised former skipper Virat Kohli for building a strong Test side. India will take on Sri Lanka in the 1st Test at Mohali and this is going to be Rohit’s 1st Test as full-time captain and also going to be Virat’s 100th Test game. Here we got to know more about what he said.
Rohit Sharma Says: Entire Credit Goes to Virat Kohli for Test success
Rohit Sharma has attended a press conference before the start of India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test and confessed many things regarding – Virat Kohli, His working Philosophy, and much more
He has praised former skipper Virat Kohli for improving the Indian Test team over the last few years.
And said – “I’m looking forward to winning matches and games as much as possible, and doing the right things with the right players in the squad. That is the whole point. As a Test team, we at the moment stand in a very good position – if you look at the last five years of Test cricket, all credit goes to Virat Kohli, to get us going in this particular format.”
“What he’s done with the Test team over the years was brilliant to see. And then, for me, I’ve to take it honestly, from where he has left. The team stands in a very good position. Of course, we’re [in the middle] in the World Test championship table (No. 5), but honestly, I don’t think we’ve done anything wrong in the last two or three years in Test cricket,” – Rohit said.
Rohit Sharma Adds: Rahane, Pujara are Still in Team’s Future Plans
He was questioned regarding axing Pujara and Rahane for this Test series and he has given a complete clarification about this issue.
Speaking about this issue he said – “What Pujara and Rahane have done for this team, can’t put it in words. All these years of hard work, playing 80-90 odd Test matches, respectively, so you know all those overseas Test victories – India getting to No. 1 in the Test format, these guys helped us in that situation.”
“And these guys have played a big part in that. There’s no way these guys are not being looked upon in the future. They will definitely be part of our plans. It’s just that, for now, we didn’t consider them, but there’s nothing written about them not being considered for any series hereafter,” – Rohit sharma said.
During the press conference, he has also spoken about his philosophy of staying in the present and his future challenges as a skipper.
He said “It’s been my philosophy not to think too far ahead. They’re in different formats – Test cricket and limited-overs cricket. So there’s no comparison there. It’ll be a challenge, of course, it’ll be the first time I’m leading in red-ball cricket for India. I’ve captained a few games in Ranji Trophy, but again, this is a different challenge. It’s something I’ve been really looking forward to. Really can’t wait,”
Speaking about his future targets he said – “I’ve set no targets for myself, but I’ve set my targets for the team. I’m not thinking too much about myself. I’ve played 40-odd matches; I’m happy to have played that many, and I’ve no regrets. There have been many injuries and ups and downs. The ups and downs teach you a lot as well.
The 1st game will be played from March 4th Mohali and after completing they will move to Bengaluru to play the 2nd Test starting from 12th March 2022.