After India slid to a 122-run loss to Australia in Melbourne, the playing XI were in the dressing room, pondering over what went wrong. MS Dhoni was searching for answers in the post-match press conference to explain the humiliating loss.
Rohit Sharma was out in the MCG’s outdoor nets area, honing his skills, with Mumbai teammate Ajinkya Rahane for company and throwdown expert Raghu helping them out with his untiring work ethic.
They weren’t batting in the nets, instead standing on the field, Rohit ahead and Rahane behind him, with Raghu helping them with his unerring throws. Rohit faced one ball, two, three, the count kept going. Rahane stood there behind him, waiting for Rohit to make way and let him bat. After a long spell, one left not knowing if Rahane ever got the chance to bat.
On Monday, Rohit will find out if gets a chance to bat in the New Year’s Test at the SCG. And he’s leaving nothing to chance. Virat Kohli poor outing in the Boxing Day Test, and an equally uninspiring return of 107 runs in his 7 Test innings abroad, have opened the door for Rohit to make his Test entry. The overwhelming feeling is that Kohli will be retained, at least for now. However, Rohit is ready for every eventuality.
“Of course (I’m ready). I don’t want to be unprepared. My preparation has to be 100%. It doesn’t matter if I am playing or not. Preparation has to always be the same. I have to be ready (to play) each and every time. Because you never know, somebody might get injured on the day of the Test,” Rohit told reporters on Sunday. One could sense a tinge of regret in his statement. Rohit was poised to make his Test debut against South Africa at Nagpur in 2010 but suffered a freak injury in the warm-ups on the morning of the match to be ruled out.
On road to recovery
Rohit added that the team was recovering well after the Melbourne drubbing.
“We really had a good time off. We had a team get-together yesterday, which was nice. And we got back again today to see how we are going to take it forward. We don’t want to think about what has happened. We need to focus on what we have to do now. The process is still on. Hopefully things will turn around for us.
“We spoke about what went wrong, what we need to do and stuff like that, which always happens, whether you win or lose. That is nothing new for us. As I said, we need to keep doing the right things.”