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‘Stopped thinking about technique too much’ – Rohit Sharma on finding Test success
Rohit keeps things simple

‘Stopped thinking about technique too much’ – Rohit Sharma on finding Test success

Rohit Sharma has credited 'simple approach' for his success in Test cricket of late. Sharma made his Test debut in 2013 but remained in and out of the Test XI following inconsistent performances.

His technique for red-ball cricket was questioned by a lot of experts, but since his comeback against South Africa in Tests last year, he has looked a different player altogether.

"Honestly speaking, I stopped thinking about Test matches a long time back," Rohit said while speaking to PTI.

He returned to open the batting for India against South Africa in a three-Test series, where he scored two hundreds and a double hundred. With that stellar run, his average shot up from 39.62 to 46.54 in a space of five innings.

The change in mindset for Rohit started before India’s tour of Australia in late 2018, where he reminded himself about enjoying the game instead of going into details of batting.

"Before 2018-19 Australia series, I told myself, 'Boss, whatever has to happen will happen and I am not going to think about technique'. At the end of the day, I want to go out there, share a laugh with my mates and enjoy.

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"Thinking too much about technique was not allowing me to enjoy the game. All that was there in my mind was, 'Oh I need to do well in Test cricket'. I was thinking too much about success in Tests. I would go overboard as to why is this happening, why am I playing that shot.

"After each Test innings, I would go to our video analyst, sit, watch and then confuse my brain further."

He also insisted on keeping the negative thoughts away and create an environment as international sport can create a lot of noise around athletes, which ultimately leads to dip in performances.

"You can't allow negative thoughts to creep in when you are playing such a high-profile sport. I know that I am no longer 22 or 23 years old that I will keep getting opportunities in Test matches and can take my place for granted.

"I know that every time I go out there, I have to put a high price tag on my wicket. I am blessed to get an opportunity that many are waiting for. So, why should I regret, worry or think about so many things?"