Rohit Sharma has become an integral part of Team India in coloured clothing. The right-hander has been in an incredible run-scoring form of late, and has begun to shoulder responsibility at the top of the order. Rohit believes his batting has improved after captaining Mumbai Indians in the last two editions of the IPL.
"Mumbai Indians' captaincy has helped me become a better batsman. It has allowed me to think about the team and how can I contribute more than just with the bat. Even now, when Dhoni's leading, the others keep their minds working. So do I. Is a fielder required here, or if someone is making a mistake, how we can rectify that," Rohit was quoted as saying by the Times of India in an interview.
It was under the captaincy of Rohit that Mumbai Indians won IPL 2015 with some impressive cricket. Rohit was one of the star batsmen for the team, scoring 482 runs in the tournament.
The Mumbai lad is one of the most elegant batsmen in the Indian team as well. Cricket fans love to watch him bat when on song. Commentators are often heard talking about his effortless batting, which makes him an outstanding player. Rohit says a lot of effort goes on in the background — at the nets — to improve as a batsman.
"A lot of work goes into it. It's a result of experience and a lot of effort that's been put in to improve as a batsman. In any sport, nothing comes easy. No matter how talented you are or naturally gifted you are, there's no substitute to hard work if you got to maintain standards," Rohit said.
Rohit has been one of the most consistent batsmen for India of late, and is expected to play an important role in upcoming competitions like Asia Cup and World T20. Players like Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Ravichandran Ashwin have also been playing some quality cricket to help India become one of the in-form teams in world cricket.
The opener has praised the support staff of the India team for such quality cricket. Former players like Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Bangar have been working with the players behind the scenes.
"The support staff and individuals like Ravi Shastri have made a lot of difference to this side. They've given us the space to go out there and express ourselves. A lot of credit goes to Sanjay Bangar as well. He's been doing a lot of work behind the scenes, spending lot of time with batsmen, creating a positive environment," Rohit said.