India captain Rohit Sharma won the series opener against Sri Lanka on Sunday at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. At the post-match press conference, Rohit Sharma spoke about the importance of having good bench strength and explained how it is his job to make sure the Indian team has one.
Rohit Sharma became only the second Indian captain in Test cricket to win a match on his debut as skipper. The right-handed hitter led India forward and recorded another win to his name. Rohit Sharma has had a dream run so far since becoming full-time captain as India haven’t lost a single game under his stewardship. India won the first Test match of the series against Sri Lanka by one run and 222 runs and Ravindra Jadeja was voted man of the match for it.
The India captain in the post-match press conference explained what his responsibilities are and what he aims to achieve. In his chat with the media, Rohit Sharma said that if good bench strength is created, Indian cricket will be in good hands.
“If you create that bench strength and start thinking from now, Indian cricket will be in good hands. That’s one of my challenges and one of my responsibilities. I have to take it upon myself to create that bench strength, keeping a lot of things in mind,” Rohit said.
“That’s going to be my biggest challenge more than winning games and all that. For me what’s important is how I approach those guys who are sitting outside and how I can get them into a good state of play. mind. When they get the chance, they should be very clear about what they want to do and achieve. It will impact all of our performances whether we win or lose games.”
Rohit Sharma explained the process behind winning plays and said that there are a lot of things involved in winning a match.
“You can’t just say you have to win games. While you’re winning games, you have to do a lot of things: create bench strength, give people clarity, create a good environment for it to be a nice and happy atmosphere where people want to go there and do their job,” he said.
“They shouldn’t feel too much pressure. Of course, when you play international cricket, the pressure is there. But that external pressure shouldn’t be there, the internal pressure is fine.”
He said it was up to the team management to do so.
“We’re going to try to support them as much as possible so that at the end of the day when they go home they feel like ‘I had my chance, if I didn’t do well I’m still happy As long as the role was given to me, there was clarity. As long as this procedure is in place, we will keep ourselves in good shape,” he concluded.
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