Rohit credits bowlers for series win

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Oct 2017 09:51:00


 

By Anupam Soni,

NAGPUR,

The hallmark of this Indian bowling has been aggression. They were not out there in the middle to stop the flow of runs, they were there to take wickets.
—Rohit Sharma

GONE are the days when Indian bowling was supposed to be a weak link in the One-Dayers on the batting beauties of the sub-continent. The present generation of bowlers has emerged from the shadows of their predecessors and how!
Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma showered generous praise on the Indian bowling unit giving them “a lot of
credit” for the hosts’ convincing 4-1 win over Australia in the five-match ODI series that ended at VCA’s Jamtha stadium on Sunday.


“The hallmark of this Indian bowling has been aggression. They were not out there in the middle to stop the flow of runs, they were there to take wickets. This Australian side had some very good batsmen. Even after great starts by the openers, our bowlers did not give up and fought back brilliantly. Restricting this Australian line-up was no mean task.


“A lot of credit must go to our bowling unit for this victory,” said Man of the Match Rohit after India won the fifth and final One-Dayer by seven wickets.
Rohit and his opening partner Ajinkya Rahane gave India a solid start that laid the foundation of the facile win. He admired the way Rahane has batted in this series.


“Ajinkya and I have played a lot together for Mumbai. We understand each other’s game very well. The most important aspect of our partnership is that we communicate very much.
“It is helpful to both the batters. It helps us concentrate better and makes us feel comfortable. Ajinkya has batted very well in the series hitting four half centuries in a row playing the new ball very well in different conditions,” said Rohit.


The Mumbai Indians skipper avoided comparisons with
previous Indian sides but asserted that this team had a great future. “I was not part of the squads ten years before so I cannot compare the bench-strength of this team with others but what I can definitely say is that this side can take up any challenge.


“The players are raring to go. Anybody who gets a chance to play, impresses. This shows that the players are ready to go. This team is very solid and has a bright future,” Rohit said.
On how he keeps his body fit for such big innings time and again, Rohit quipped, “That is my job. When I knew I had to open the innings, I knew that I may had to spend about 100 overs in a match. We have to understand our body. A lot of training has to be done.


“Every individual is assigned different sets of exercise and we have to stick to it. The other important thing is that I go in the middle to enjoy batting.”