Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma expressed optimism and determination ahead of India’s upcoming Test series against South Africa. Speaking at a pre-match press conference on the eve of the Boxing Day Test, Rohit emphasized the significance of the series, highlighting India’s historical struggle to secure a Test series win in South Africa.
“We have never won a series here,” Rohit acknowledged, emphasizing the importance of the upcoming matches. “We have come close the last two times we toured here, and we come to this place with a lot of confidence trying to achieve what no one has ever achieved in this part of the world.”
Reflecting on India’s bowling strength, Rohit praised the seam attack for their performances in overseas conditions, citing their success in Australia, England, and South Africa. He acknowledged the absence of experienced bowler Mohammed Shami, highlighting the challenge of finding a suitable replacement.
“Our seamers have earned respect in how they have performed in overseas conditions,” Rohit remarked. “Shami will be a big miss. His experience and what he has done over the years will be a big miss.”
Discussing the batting challenges in South Africa, Rohit acknowledged the difficulty for batsmen in the country, citing the bounce and lateral movement that bowlers exploit. He emphasized the need for adaptability and a run-scoring mindset to succeed in such conditions.
“As a batter, it’s always a challenge to come and perform in South Africa, which is probably the hardest place to play for batsmen,” Rohit explained. “It’s important to apply yourself and understand how to score runs in these conditions.”
Rohit also highlighted the progressive challenges that batsmen face during a Test match in South Africa, noting that the conditions become tougher as the game progresses due to variable bounce and cracks on the pitch.
“It gets harder as the game goes on,” Rohit elaborated. “Every day has its own challenge, and as the game goes on, it gets tougher and tougher to bat.”
Regarding KL Rahul’s transformed role in the team, Rohit praised Rahul’s adaptability and performance, emphasizing his experience and success as an opener in previous tours to South Africa.
“Every cricketer has to go through some transformation or a different role in their career,” Rohit stated. “The way KL kept playing in the World Cup was pleasing. He knows what’s required in different stages of the game.”
In conclusion, Rohit expressed the team’s desire for positive results, highlighting their hard work and determination to succeed in the series. He emphasized the importance of playing with freedom and staying focused on the present moment.
“We’ve worked so hard, so we want some results,” Rohit affirmed. “We’ll try to play with freedom and not think about the past or the future and stay in the moment.”
The Indian cricket team’s upcoming Test series against South Africa presents a significant challenge, and Rohit Sharma’s words reflect the team’s determination to make history by clinching their first Test series victory in South Africa.