Rohit Sharma opens up on Indian team’s new aggressive batting approach

India skipper Rohit Sharma said with the team adopting a more aggressive batting approach, he and the team’s management were trying to give the players as much “freedom” and “clarity” as possible about the new strategy.

The India captain explained how the team is preparing mentally and physically for the upcoming Asian Cup and T20 World Cup challenges with an emphasis on full transparency and giving the players a clear message.


“If the message from the captain and the coach is clear about the direction the team is trying to take, then the individuals will definitely try to do that. For that to happen, they need freedom and clarity and that is what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to give them as much freedom as possible,” Sharma said on Star Sports’ Follow the Blues.

Sharma also spoke about the team’s preparation, mentally and physically, for the upcoming challenges of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates and the T20 World Cup in Australia.

“We said very clearly after the T20 World Cup in Dubai (last year), where we didn’t qualify for the final, that we felt we had to change our attitude and our approach in how we play our game,” he said.

Asked about his experience captaining the team with so many young leaders, Sharma said, “Honestly, I know it’s very exciting to create so many leaders around the team because it’s always good. sign. And you want guys who handle the pressure, who understand the game and know each other really well. And when they lead the team, all of these things can happen.”

With Team India having six different captains representing them over the past eight months, it’s clear the leadership around the team has shined.

“I think it’s very important to have that leadership, but obviously you know we’re playing the IPL and it’s a 10-team tournament. So there will be 10 captains who at some point will make also part of the Indian team. You know I think that’s fantastic because honestly my job is a lot less important because those guys understand everything pretty well. So it’s just if somebody has a thought, how am I going to back up that thought. For me as a captain, that’s my role and that’s what I try to do,” he said.

With Rahul Dravid as coach, Sharma is very well guided by one of the game’s legends and the skipper believes his support is crucial for Team India‘s performance in the tournaments to come.

“With Rahul bhai, I played a few games with him as he was my first captain when I made my ODI debut. So obviously we have a kind of understanding. I spent a lot of time in the NCA when I was injured and he was there. We had regular conversations all the time and he was also following my game closely,” he said.

Sharma also spoke about the importance of having a coach who shares a common vision and belief within the team.

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“When he (Dravid) became a coach here, we met and we sat together in a room for a while and decided how we wanted to take this thing forward and he was pretty much on the same thought process as to I was thinking. It made it a little easier for me to send a clear message to the boys because we don’t want to confuse the band and of course we wanted him to change his style of cricket as well. We wanted to play a certain way in all three formats and he was ready to accept all of that.”


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