'As a child, all I dreamt of was to play Test cricket' - Rohit Sharma
It came as a surprise for the fans when star Indian batsman Rohit Sharma was not included even in the Indian squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan. However, speaking purely in cricketing terms, the axing was inevitable, sooner or later.
In a move from Indian skipper Virat Kohli that initiated an unending debate, Rohit was picked ahead of Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI for the first 2 Tests when the team toured South Africa. However, following a string of low scores in the 4 innings – 11, 20, 10, 47 – Rohit had to make way for Rahane in the 3rd and the final Test of the series.
Rohit has now said that he was not surprised after being dropped from the Test squad: "I was not. As I said, I can only keep enjoying my game. There's no time to regret anything. I've had enough time to regret in the past. We have got big events coming up, so best to focus on it."
The Indian opener further said that he had realized that it is more important to enjoy the game rather than harping upon the lost opportunities.
"There's limited time you have as a player and I have finished almost half of it. There's no point in spending the remaining half thinking whether I'll be picked or not. I am going forward with the theory of whatever time I have, make it count
"I got into the national team when I was 20 and I made my Test debut when I was 26. I had an opportunity to make my debut in 2010, but I missed that (due to a freak injury while warming up on the morning of the match). After that, it made me realise that the more you want, your attitude changes. I have realised there's a time for everything.
"There has to be time and a slot available for it. The seniors Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly were all playing then, so we had to wait. After a point, I realised there's no point thinking about it. No point in thinking about what the selectors are doing and all."
Seeing him struggle in red ball-cricket, many even suggested him to focus only on his limited-overs game as many others have done in the recent past. However, Rohit has no plan on giving up his endeavour to play Test cricket as he says, “As a child, all I dreamt of was to play Test cricket and that dream will never be over. Nobody can take away my game or what I think about the game. Selectors can do what is best in their control, players will do what is in their control. It's important to keep focus. When I started playing cricket, there was no white ball cricket. We used to play in school, in age-group cricket with red ball. White ball came much later. As a child, you only saw red ball cricket."
Leading the Mumbai Indians in the recently concluded IPL, Rohit did not have a good run of form and only managed 286 runs in 14 matches at an average of 23.83, which is pretty low by his standards.
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