Rohit Sharma has the technique and temperament to succeed in all three formats of the game. He was the Deccan Chargers’ best batsman in the last IPL, an extraordinary achievement given that they had Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs in the line-up. Sharma seems up for the challenge this year as well, although he feels it’s not going to be easy in conditions vastly different for batsmen. “I think the batsmen with good technique and skills will succeed here, others might struggle to cope,” he said. Excerpts:
How much impact you think changed conditions are going to have on the batsmen’s approach?
Quite a bit I think. The conditions here are quite different from India. It’s just not going to be easy here to stroke the ball like what we witnessed back home in the first season. We will need to adapt as early as possible.
What changes do you plan to bring in your own approach?
For me, the adjustments are going to be more mental than anything else. I have played here and know the conditions well. I, and, for that matter, any other batsman won’t go after the bowlers immediately. We will need to give ourselves some time to settle and than see how it goes.
How are batsmen without sound technique going to cope here?
I think they could struggle here. It’s just not going to be easy to whack the ball anywhere you want to when it’s doing so much.
Do you see your team faring better this time around?
We are confident. There have been quite a few changes in the set-up and all’s going really well for the team right now. Darren Lehman is wonderful as a coach, and we are feeling far more charged up this time round.
IPL performance will have some say in the selection of the team for the T20 World Cup. How do you see it?
I am aware of that but I am not seeing that far ahead. I am just focusing on the job at hand, and hopefully rest will take care of itself.