“I will tell you the same thing I have said to everyone so far. I would love to play wherever the team wants, but I don’t know if they will change my role as opener,” Sharma told PTI. .
Starting his career midway through the ranks, Sharma turned to the opening test during last year’s India home series against South Africa and found immediate success. She topped the series charts with 529 runs in four chapters, including three centuries.
The combined 525 tally runs between Sharma and Agarwal in both halves The first test at Vizag is a national record, outperforming 414 by Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan. Along the way, Sharma also became the first Indian to score two centuries in his first Test as an opener, having slammed 176 and 127.
After that, he opened only twice in his subsequent series against Bangladesh before injury ruled him out of India’s latest Test series in New Zealand, which they lost 2-0 in February.
“I’m sure people who are already in Australia will already know what their options were when Virat was [Kohli] go and who is the person who will open the round, “he said.” Once I get there, I’ll probably have a clearer idea of what’s coming. I’ll be fine to hit wherever they want. “
Sharma was not included in the original Test squad for Australia due to a hamstring injury he sustained during the recent IPL in the UAE, which forced him to miss four games for Mumbai Indian. He was, however, added to the Test squad after it was discovered that his injury was not that bad. He is currently at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for rehabilitation. On Saturday, he said “The hamstring feels fine, just started the process to make it nice and strong”.
Sharma has only featured in two of four Tests on India’s previous tour of Australia in 2018-19, scoring a top score of 63 not out with India seeking a declaration in the first half of the first half. The third test in Melbourne. But has been on every tour to Australia since 2008 – where he first stepped onto the ODI scene with a match-winning partnership with Sachin Tendulkar in the first of a tri-series final in Sydney – he feels the surface is much more batting friendly now.
“We are talking about bounces, but except for Perth, over the last few years, for other reasons (Adelaide, MCG, SCG), I don’t think it has many bounces,” he said. “Nowadays, especially when opening the batting, I have to think about not playing the cut or pull shot and focus on playing on the ‘V’ and as straight as possible.”
Among the better players of the current pull shot, Sharma isn’t too nervous about talk of having to deal with the short-pitched flurry of Australian speed strikes from Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
“We are talking about bounces on the Australian track. But tell me how many people did bounces during the last series?” He asked. “When we play in Perth in 2018-19It was Nathan Lyon who got eight goals including five for. In Australia, half the work is done if you can start well early.
“With the new ball, whoever throws it – whether it is Starc, Cummins or Hazlewood – they will obviously throw, swing and the guard will be used sparingly. They will try to make sure with the new ball that they will release some movement in the air or outside. The field. With a new ball, everyone in the world likes to throw and send one weird keeper here and there. So most of the deliveries will go up and get to the bat and not be short. “
Sharma admits playing red ball cricket after more than a year will be a challenge, but the key is not to think too far ahead.
“It will be challenging. In general international cricket is never easy, regardless of format,” he said. “When you had such long layoffs [from international cricket], it got even more difficult. So I’m going to focus on the basics of red ball cricket and then you can add to the other stuff. That’s how I want to bring it forward. You can’t just jump up and think too far ahead. “
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