India batsman Rohit Sharma wants to put aside the frustration of being sidelined for six months due to serious injury and kick on again by leading Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, which kicks off on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old Mumbai player injured his thigh during the final ODI against New Zealand at Visakhapatnam last November. The India opener underwent surgery in London and the recovery process ruled him out of the remainder of India’s home season.
Rohit Sharma played a couple of matches for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day tournament. He was then scheduled to lead India Blue in the Deodhar Trophy, only for a knee injury suffering in training ruling him out of the tournament.
“It’s been a long time… more than five months, actually. I am waiting to get back on the field. I missed a lot of games, but that’s part of any sportsperson’s career when injuries happen,” Rohit Sharma told reporters on Sunday, gearing up to lead former IPL champions, Mumbai Indians.
“(I’m) not looking at what has happened in the past, trying to see what comes up and the future looks exciting. I am very excited to start this season on a high.”
Rohit happy with fitness
Rohit was satisfied with his fitness after being on the field for the full 40 overs during a practice game at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
The knee injury before the Deodhar Trophy left the Mumbai batsman worried.
“To be honest, I was scared when that happened. It’s something which has never happened to me. I heard a loud noise while taking a run. I was a little scared until we got an MRI done, I did not know what to expect and what it was.
“We spoke to a lot of doctors around the world, and with Patrick (Farhart, India team physio) as well, and they all gave me the confidence saying it was not a major problem, it’s just a small injury that you need to go through (recovery). Yes, being a sportsperson, you have to be strong. I went through it quite comfortably.”
Staying strong during layoff
Rohit said it was important to stay positive and not get frustrated during the injury layoff. “Injury is part and parcel of any sportsperson’s career. These things are bound to happen. The most important thing at that moment is your mindset. Rather than thinking what has happened, it is better to think how I am going to make myself ready. That is how I was thinking about all the time.
“It was tough to sit in the hotel room, watching the team play. It is always tough. But I guess you have to go through it. I have been through it many times before. These things happen. I was only focusing on how quicker I can get back on to the field. In Bangalore, I was doing my rehab stuff with the physios and trainers. They put in a lot of hard work as well as there were a lot of players. I give a lot of credit to the NCA staff for putting that effort.
“When you have a big injury you tend to lose a lot of muscle and that weakens your strength a bit. So the big challenge for me was to gain that muscle back first and become a lot stronger. There were a lot of things I focused on, and thankfully, I am back on my feet and ready to play again.”
Mumbai Indians, IPL champions in 2013 and 2015, will begin their campaign against Rising Pune Supergiant at Pune on Thursday.