Team India is gearing up for the forthcoming T20 series against South Africa, with the first match to be played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamshala. Rohit Sharma, who will continue to remain an integral member of this young Indian squad, feels ahead of the first T20 international match against Proteas that India have evolved as a batting unit in recent times.
This evolution will come in handy during the upcoming marathon series against South Africa, according to the classy Indian batsman.
"In the past couple of years, we've mostly played matches outside of India. So that has really made us evolve as a batting unit. Batting in testing away conditions has given us confidence. No matter what attack we play against, we just have to go out and give our best. They have some quality spinner and fast bowlers, so the focus will be entirely on their unit," Sharma said at a press conference in Dharamshala on Wednesday.
Sharma, who is also a good fielder, spoke highly of the Indian fielding. The Mumbai lad believes that Team India will be the best fielding side in the world as it has all the potential to become so.
"In the coming years, India will become the best fielding unit in the world. We've come here [Dharmshala] way early and have practiced really hard in the last two days. The side has been particularly focussing on ground fielding and catching, which is one of the things that can change the course of the game at any given point," Rohit said.
The Mumbai Indians captain opined that it is high time this young Indian brigade re-grouped and geared up for the ICC World T20 2016 which will be held in India in March and April. India have not played a T20 international game since last September and Sharma felt that it should not be an issue during the upcoming series.
"I think that last T20 we played was against England last August, so it won't be too easy playing after a gap of one year. Knowing that the World Cup is around the corner, so we'll have to regroup and get the best out of all the T20 matches we play now onward.
"Even though this team hasn't played much T20 cricket together, considering the fact that a lot of guys have been playing IPL and other such tournaments regularly bodes well for us. Whenever we've come out and played T20, we've always done well, so I'm sure we'll use that experience count," Rohit said.