[caption id="attachment_662593" align="alignnone" width="638"]<img class="size-full wp-image-662593" alt="Rohit Sharma with Siddesh Lad (Photo Courtesy: Siddesh Lad Facebook profile)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/rohit-lad.jpg" width="638" height="355" /> Rohit Sharma with Siddesh Lad (Photo Courtesy: Siddesh Lad Facebook profile)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Siddesh Lad has been one of Mumbai s most dependable batsmen in recent times. Lad, who played through pain in Mumbai s 500th <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ranji-trophy-2017-18">Ranji Trophy</a> game last week was the side s only shining armour against Baroda. The 25-year-old has showed great grit and tremendous determination so far. In an exclusive interview to <i>Times of India</i>, Lad opened up about his relation with Mumbai teammate <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma">Rohit Sharma </a>and his future with the state side. Lad's father Dinesh is Rohit's childhood coach and the two cricketers share a great equation. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking about Rohit, he said: I always seek Rohit's advice when I need it. There are times when he comes up with some suggestions, which he feels can help my game. <p></p> <p></p>Lad, in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season averages 41 from six games. <p></p> <p></p><b>On his current season:</b> <p></p> <p></p> I've been putting in those extra hours in the nets and working on specific skills. During our preparatory camp I placed a lot of importance on my fitness and trained hard with Prateek Kadam (Mumbai Ranji team trainer), who did a great job in getting me ready physically for the Ranji season. Credit also goes to my entire family and friends for always being with me. <p></p> <p></p><b>On being the crisis man for Mumbai:</b> <p></p> <p></p> The tag of 'Crisis Man' comes with a lot of responsibility and I feel good and responsible at the same time to meet people's expectations. You really need to be mentally tough to get your team out of crunch situations regularly, but, I have always played cricket the hard way, and the 'khadoos' attitude and passion for the game keeps me going.