Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney

Rohit ready should he be picked

Sidharth Monga at the SCG

January 1, 2012

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Rohit Sharma takes a break during India's training session, Mumbai, November 21, 2011
Rohit Sharma: "You never know, somebody might get injured on the day of the Test. You have to be ready." © AFP
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Rohit Sharma has said that he is mentally ready should he be asked to make his Test debut at the SCG on Tuesday. If he is asked to play, it will be in the place of Virat Kohli, who has scored 107 runs in seven Test innings away from home. Kohli was dropped after a disappointing tour of the West Indies, and then scored two fifties against the same side when recalled for a home Test. In the first Test of this series, he scored 11 and 0.

Rohit said he has to stay mentally prepared all through the tour, even if he doesn't get a game. "Of course [I'm ready]," he said. "I don't want to be unprepared. My preparation has to be 100%. It doesn't matter if I am playing or not. Preparation has to always be the same. I have to be ready [to play] each and every time. Because you never know, somebody might get injured on the day of the Test. You have to be ready."

Rohit should know about injuries on the morning of a Test: one he suffered during the warm-ups cost him his Test debut in Nagpur, against South Africa, in early 2010. Under MS Dhoni, India have been known to given players a decent run before dropping them, if required. Keeping that in mind, smart money has to be on Kohli getting another chance.

They haven't been told either way as of now. "As far as the team combination is concerned, we have not decided anything yet," Rohit said. "Maybe tomorrow we will have a better idea as to what the wicket will be like. Probably by tomorrow I will be told whether I am playing or not."

Rohit said the morale in the team is "very good" right now. "We really had a good time off," he said. "We had a team get-together yesterday, which was nice. And we got back again today to see how we are going to take it forward. We don't want to think about what has happened. We need to focus on what we have to do now. The process is still on. Hopefully things will turn around for us.

"We spoke about what went wrong, and what we need to do, and stuff like that. Which always happens, whether you win or lose. That is nothing new for us. As I said, we need to keep doing the right things."

Rohit gave credit to the Australian bowlers for their performance at the MCG, but denied the notion that the Indian batsmen might be shaken up or intimidated. "Not shaken up," he said. "They really bowled well, we need to accept that. Our batters also batted well in the first innings, but somehow we didn't manage that in the second. Credit goes to their bowlers."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by ThirdRenegade on (January 4, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Rohit Sharma with his experience of having played in Australia should be an automatic selection now with Kohli's failures, Laxman's ineptitude & Dravid's inconsistency. The problem now is the earliest he'll get action is at the WACA in Perth, a fast, bouncy surface which he should relish. Don't know much about Sharma's technique but he was not played for a long time since the 2011 WC, the shorter version of the game.From his interviews, he seems to be an intelligent cricketer who deserves an outing in the middle. Also India needs to have someone who can counter the Australian bowlers or the game will be over

Posted by howzitt on (January 4, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

it's a tough situation! you can't afford to drop Laxman who is living on past AUS glory, sachin who is wai....ting to get 100th century. one of them should be rested to get Rohit in. best bet is to get Rohit to open with Shewag

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (January 4, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

I think Gambhir is the one who should go but the question is who else can open? Perhaps Parthiv Patel. I would like Sehwag to come in at 3 or 4 down where he would be more devastating, otherwise he is wasted as opener. The main problem however is India's bowling. I have been saying this for some time now. India needs to find some fast bowlers quick.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

The senior batsmen in the side like Sachin, Dravid and Laxman have proved that their days are over. Like Dada Ganguli & Kumble these should announce their retirement and make way for youngsters. If given early entry youngsters at least will mature for future and at least they will excel in the field if not with the bat to save many runs.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

yes bt instead of gambhir..

Posted by longandshort on (January 4, 2012, 0:47 GMT)

Rohit Sharma must be watching the Indian batting and chuckling "what amateurs!"

Posted by longandshort on (January 4, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

Drop Gambhir, Dravid, Laxy and Kohli. Get Rohit and some young blood in. Nothing to lose situation as it cannot be made worse than it already is. And then F I G H T like made bulls.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 2, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

@Posted by RandyOZ on (January 02 2012, 04:21 AM GMT) - What are very times times? Still it makes more sense than most of your comms I suppose

Posted by JG2704 on (January 2, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

Rajchamp on (January 01 2012, 05:50 AM GMT) - You say that England's record in Sri Lanka is nothing short of pathetic. I disagree. It's a losing record for sure but in the last decade . prior to the last test series they've not lost a series by more than a solitary test. See you're actually contradicting yourself here by defending your own sides overseas form and then criticising another for the same thing when the other side has a similar sort of record overseas. Anyway , it's pointless - the past is the past. It's up to India to set the record straight in Australia and if India fail against an inconsistent Aus line up then it only lends to the doubters arguments just like if England fail in Pak and SL Also in another post you define recent history as anything in the last 20 years and this has absolutely no bearing on what's happening in today's cricket world

Posted by GreenTeam-Elite on (January 2, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Quite Funny Statement from Rohit, Some Seniors like Tendulkar, Sehwag or Vvs should tell him wake up it's not an Indian Flat Pitch!!!

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