Rohit wants to take time to return after long break
India star opener Rohit Sharma has been out of the field for injury even before the outbreak of coronavirus. Although he recovered from the injury, the situation has not improved and the wait to return to the field has increased.
Rohit, who’s looking to return to cricket with the Indian Premier League (IPL), feels it will not be easy to adapt after a long break. So the opener is quite careful.
Rohit was dropped from the squad for the T20 series against New Zealand in February due to a foot injury. He could not play ODI, Test series against Kiwis. He was also not in the squad for the one-day series against South Africa, which was postponed at home due to coronavirus crisis.
Rohit has got a long time to recover from the delay in IPL and the effects of COVID-19 disease. The opener, who is at number two in the ICC ODI batsmen’s rankings, also thinks he is fit.
Rohit wants to check his condition back on the field. However, he thinks that the long break is creating some doubts.
“It’s the longest gap that I have ever had in my career without holding a bat,” Rohit told PTI on Tuesday. “It will be a bit challenging. Unless I play, I will not know where I am and how I feel but body is completely fine. I feel physically more strong than ever because of the last four months.”
The thirteenth edition of IPL is going to start on September 19. The final will be on November 10. Rohit will return to the field with this T20 tournament based on the Indian franchise. This year’s IPL will be in the warm weather of the United Arab Emirates. The Mumbai Indians captain said he wanted to take small steps to return to the field.
“We have lot of time in our hands… I will be taking it slow,” he said.
“Luckily, I don”t think there is any rush that I need to show. We have enough time. I will work on getting back to the ground slowly because the temperature in Dubai is 40 degrees. It’s not easy.
“Your planning changes a lot. Pitches in Dubai are a bit on the slower side. The pitches are not so different from India but yes overhead conditions will be a big factor as you are not always used to playing in 40 degrees, which can be a bit of a challenge. As much as we sit and plan things here, it could completely change once we are there and check out the conditions and then think about ideal combinations.”