Rohit Sharma © IANS
Rohit Sharma © IANS

With one eye on the Test series against South Africa, Rohit Sharma opened up about his preparations going ahead. He also spoke in detail about his batting style limited-overs and much more. India are gearing up to play a 3-Test series in South Africa starting January 5, 2018. In an exclusive interview with The Times of India, Rohit said that the South African attack is better than Australia and England at the moment: “It’s the best attack in the world. See, England and Australia can also unleash a great variety at home. But this South African attack is different and certainly the most lethal. It’s not a one-dimensional attack. They have variety, experience and different skill levels. (Kagiso) Rabada is a tall guy who can hit the deck hard. Morne Morkel is the same. Dale Steyn has the experience to use the new and the old ball. Vernon Philander is so dangerous in SA’s home conditions. He keeps bowling that length, never gives anything easy. It is the most challenging of all challenging attacks we’ll be facing in the next one year.”

Much has been said about India not playing any warm-up tie ahead of the first Test. Rohit explained the decision: “England reached Australia one month early to prepare for the Ashes. We don’t enjoy that kind of time. But that kind of a strategy may not necessarily work for us either. We’re good with what’s in place.”

On his batting style, Rohit said: “I try and play with the field, more than anything else. I never try to hit the ball hard. I just try and hit the ball through the line. The central bit to my batting is to try and clear the field. There’s no more science to it.”