Vastavam web: “There will always be regrets in life but I am glad that I am back on my feet playing cricket again,” Rohit Sharma said when asked if 22 Test matches in an international career spanning 10 years does justice to the talent that he possesses.Playing his first Test in more than a year after recovering from a career-threatening injury, Rohit scored his third hundred first ton in longest version in more than four years.”I’m lucky that I am on my feet, playing and scoring some runs, so yes, I’m happy,” Rohit said after India defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 in the second Test, here today.
Currently India’s second best player in ODIs after skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit said he wants to live in the present and let bygones be bygones.”I am not someone who will think about what has happened in the past. I like to see what is in front of me, and yes, that is how I look at it. When I was inexperienced having just come into the team, there were lot of things that I used to think about, but not anymore. I have passed that age where I shouldn’t be thinking what happened in the past,” the stylish right-hander was at his pragmatic best.
“My plans are simple and clear. I don’t want to complicate things which I have in the past, when had I just come into the team, At the end of the day, it’s just a cricket match that you have to play,” Rohit said.”Initially, my focus was much on Test cricket, like ‘Oh no this is Test cricket and I have to do well. I have to do this and that. In thinking that I lost a lot of focus and forgot (lost) what I was there for and what I needed to do and pretty clear in mind which is the most important thing.””Of course, coming from Mumbai, I have learnt the hardship of scoring runs and making every opportunity count.
In Mumbai, you get few opportunities and if you slip, you might not get an opportunity for god knows how many years or how many months,” he said.”So every time you get an opportunity, you try and make it count. That’s what I’ve learnt playing for Mumbai and growing up as a kid and getting into that Ranji Trophy dressing room.””Personally for me, it was very important as I was playing Test cricket after nearly 500 days. I have been waiting for this opportunity and I am glad that I could put some runs on the board for myself and team.