Never thought about Super Over, took five minutes to find my abdomen guard: Rohit

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29 Jan 2020 | 03:41 PM
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Never thought about Super Over, took five minutes to find my abdomen guard: Rohit

Rohit said there is no training possible for Super Over eventualities

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Caught unaware about the Super Over scenario, Rohit Sharma took five minutes to "find" his abdomen guard after the third T20 International against New Zealand had ended in a tie on Wednesday (29th January 2020).

The India vice captain said the team had almost given up with New Zealand going great guns at one point.

"Everything was packed. All my stuff was inside my bag. I had to get it out. It literally took me five minutes to find my abdomen guard because I didn't know where it was," Rohit said.

"I mean we never thought it would go to the Super Over, the way they were batting at one point. It looked like they could easily win the game," he added.

Rohit said there is no training possible for Super Over eventualities. In fact, the Indian team wasn't aware of the Super Over and was made aware of the situation only after the match had finished in a tie.

"I don't know if you can train for a Super Over. We've got a T20 specialist in Bumrah. For him, Super Over or whether he bowls in a T20 match is the same for him. There's no training required there for him.

"But for the batters, you generally see who's in good nick on that particular day and you assess and try and get that guy to bat. Probably if I hadn't got the 60 today, probably it wouldn't have been me going to face the Super Over. It could have been Shreyas Iyer or someone else."

Considering their current form, both Rohit and KL Rahul were the best bet for India in the Super Over.

"Super Over you can't really plan what to do. You have to assess what's happened on that day. And you send your best players. Bumrah has been one of the key players in terms of our bowling. There was no choice but there was little confusion whether to go with Shami or maybe Jadeja because the ball was gripping.

"But in the end you have to go with someone who's been consistent with bowling yorkers and slower balls and things like that. We went with that and the batters as well, someone who's had a good day will try and go out to face the challenge," he said.

Talking about the moment when he hit those successive Super Over sixes, Rohit said it is always the bowler who is under pressure in such situations.

"From what I've seen in Super Overs, whatever you are chasing, it's the bowler who is under pressure. That's my understanding. That's why when I walked out to bat, I was thinking about whether I should move around in the crease or stay still.

"There were 2 or 3 thoughts like that but in the end I decided that I will stay still. Let him make the mistake. That was my thought process. And, he bowled it in my zone, and I smashed it." 

Rohit says winning run is 'good sign' ahead of T20 World Cup

 Rohit emphasised on India's recent winning streak in the shortest format, calling it a good sign heading into the T20 World Cup.

Rohit has forged two great opening partnerships for India with KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan. He said that the team management will decide which one comes to the fore later for the T20 World Cup.

"Whenever anyone's got an opportunity, they have made it count. Shikhar as well, when he played the last series against Sri Lanka, he got a crucial 50 and then KL has been in good form over the last 7-8 T20s, he's got probably 4 or 5 fifties," Rohit said.

"So it's a good sign for the team. That's how we look at it. It's important for most of our players to stay in good form and then what happens with the final XI and everything that will be only decided once all the players are available and the captain and management will sit together and identify who are the right guys to play that particular game. That's how I look at it.

"For me, I want everyone to stay in good form, which has happened through the series. It is a great sign for us moving forward in this particular format at least. I wish the next two games too we don't relax. We just want to keep the momentum going. It's a good sign," he opined.

India wouldn't have won the third T20 International without his two Super Over sixes but a modest Rohit credited Mohammed Shami for the victory.

Shami took two wickets in the final over to dismiss both Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.

"I think Mohammed Shami's last over was crucial, and actually that got us the victory. Not my two sixes. It was Shami's over where we defended nine runs. It's not easy with the dew," Rohit said at the post-match press conference.

The India vice captain added, "The wicket settling in nicely and two set batsmen out there as well... One batsman was batting on 95 and their most experienced player was at the other end. Hats off to Shami to bowl that over and get us back into the game and into the Super Over."

Last but not the least, Rohit opined that it was tough not to feel for New Zealand who have been on the wrong end of Super Over results for a while now.

"Kane Williamson played a solid innings. Of course their team will feel disappointed about how they could lose such a game. But we have to look at how we came back into the game.

"The last over that Shami bowled was very important for us and a positive sign because we could play a game like this in the World Cup. Then what do we do.

"We can't lose hope. We will need to stay strong, even if you need defend five runs, you have to show a positive attitude, and we showed that here," Rohit signed off.

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