The game we witnessed had a fascinating aspect, namely the nature of the playing surface. The new ball provided significant movement, especially under the lights, and the spinners were able to extract grip from the surface as well. Rohit Sharma shared that the team management had closely observed these finer details and was prepared with their selection plans.
Various combinations were on display during the game. We observed swings, spins, and a bit of everything, which always poses a challenge for the batters. Fortunately, our batting lineup boasts experienced players, and I will rely on their expertise and adapt my game accordingly. While I did mention the intention to take an aggressive approach, it is also crucial to assess the conditions. Unlike T20 format, this is a 50-over game that requires a tad more application and endurance than T20 cricket. The overall idea of being proactive and allowing individuals to play their natural game remains intact. However, once they are on the field, we trust them to make decisions based on their experiences in such conditions.
Eventually, the conversation shifted to Rohit's recent batting form. Despite his stature, the Indian captain's numbers in white-ball cricket have plateaued in recent times. However, there has been a noticeable improvement in his strike rate due to his intent during the first Powerplay, ensuring India gets off to quick starts. This approach has also allowed his younger partner, Shubman Gill, to settle into the innings smoothly. Yet, all these adjustments come at a cost, and Rohit comprehends this trade-off very well.
Having played for a considerable time, I aim to utilize my experience for the team's benefit. That's what I prioritize. In the past two years, I have adopted a different style of cricket, taking more risks, and now I need to find a balance between risk and output. As a top-order batsman, my role is of great importance, and it's crucial for me to establish a solid foundation. I'll make use of my experience effectively and strive to capitalize on my starts or whenever I find a good rhythm. Striking that balance is vital for me.