Rohit said, “As I see it, there is no role for the anchor anymore. This is how T20 cricket is played these days, unless you score 20 runs at 3 or 4, which is not going to happen every day. ” “Occasionally, you will be in that situation and then someone needs to carry the innings and finish it to a good score. (But) there is no role of anchor now, people are playing differently.”
Rohit said that he feels that a change in mindset is inevitable. “If you don’t change your mindset, you will be ruined,” he told Geo Cinema. “People on the other side are thinking about the game differently and taking it to the next level.
“All seven batsmen need to play their part, I believe if you score a good score, it is good, but if you score a good 30-40 off just 10-15 or 20 balls It’s just as good because you’re playing a role for the team. The game has changed.”
Rohit said that he has played T20 cricket for so long that he can try new things without worrying about failure. “I just want to play that way and see what I can do. I’ve played this format for a long time and in a certain way. But I want to do different things now. While doing that, (if ) I get out, (it) doesn’t really bother me.
But, he said, he cannot switch to all-out power-hitting as others are doing, and he would prefer to score runs his own way.
“But my thinking is that if I am getting a six after 65-70 metres, I only need to hit a six till 80 metres. Why do I need to hit a six till 100 metres? When you will allow eight runs for that So I will do that.
“I will hit 80 meters only because I get six runs for it and for that I need to time the ball. I don’t need to mash the ball like other guys – that’s their strength. My strength is to time the ball. The goal is to get the ball in the middle of the bat, which is what we call the sweet spot.”
Rohit says Tilak Verma and Nehal Wadhera will be big stars
Rohit, whose Mumbai team is looking for its sixth IPL title, said that they have been given the tag of a superstar team but the franchise will have to work for it.
“Yes, it is a superstar team, but that is because the franchise has worked for it. All these players are part of the big auction pool – we have bought them.”
“What has happened with Bumrah, Hardik and all these guys, the same story is going to happen. Tilak Verma and Nehal Wadhera… you will see the next two years. But then people will say ‘this is a superstar team’. Yes, it is , we are making them here. These two guys are going to be huge stars for us and India.”
Edited PTI copy