There’s nothing called lazy elegance: Rohit

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12 Aug 2021 | 03:16 PM
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There’s nothing called lazy elegance: Rohit

The Indian opener also spoke about how being left out of the 2011 World Cup squad made him a better cricketer

People often describe Rohit Sharma's batsmanship as ‘lazy elegance’. However, the Indian opener is not a big fan of that term. In an interview with Dinesh Karthik for Sky Sports, the 34-year-old from Mumbai said he doesn't actually understand this term because a batsman can't be lazy while batting.

"When you’re playing a sport you cannot be lazy - as simple as that. You know maybe it may sound or it may look on television but if you’re lazy you cannot achieve what you want to achieve on the field. You have to be at it, like I said just now, you have to be ahead of the game and you cannot be ahead of your opposition if you’re lazy," said Rohit, who is currently in England for a five-match Test series.

"You can’t hit that pull shot when there are guys bowling 145 plus and all that. You can’t be lazy, you’ll get hit on your head. So I don’t think people understand that. But yeah I mean it’s it’s fine, they’ve been talking about this since I started playing for India - ‘oh he’s got lazy elegance’ and I don’t understand this term lazy elegance, there’s nothing called lazy elegance.

"I’ve also heard people say ‘he has got a lot of time’. No boss. I don’t have any time. I know when I’m playing the bowler, you have to be ready. There’s no such thing as extra time. Every batsman is challenged by the bowler. You just have to be on top of your mindset and game. There is no time. Guys are quick enough to rattle you. Technically you can say he is playing the ball late, there are different styles of batsmanships. Some play the ball early, some play late. There’s no such thing as less time, more time."

Rohit scored 37 in the first Test at Trent Bridge but couldn't convert it into a big score. However, he did slam a free-flowing 83 in the first innings of the second Test at Lord's. The opener also spoke about how being left out of the 2011 World Cup squad made him a better cricketer.

"I was so desperate to get into the team and do well and I know the sort of team we had that time, we had the best chance of winning the WC, so I wanted to be a part of that WC and if I get an opportunity, try and make a difference. Down the line, I want to blame myself and not anyone.

"Maybe I didn’t have a great run before the tournament and that kind of setback was needed to improve and understand my game better. In a way, it did good to me, I came back as a different person altogether. I sort of completely changed everything – especially the mindset and technical aspect of the game after that."

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