Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir's return will make players more competitive: Rohit Sharma

Virender Sehwag (right) and Gautam Gambhir were named in the India A squad for the second and third four-day games against West Indies A © Getty Images

Sep 12, 2013
Rohit Sharma said that he is glad that captain MS Dhoni finds him capable of opening the batting for India. However, the Mumbai batsman believes he cannot take his position for granted. With Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir eyeing a return to the national side and Shikhar Dhawan doing well, Rohit is up for the competition.
“When I first got into the Indian team, I always knew I could not take my position for granted. The competition has always been there and now it’s only getting tougher,” he was quoted as saying by Times of India.

“I guess I have to keep my focus and know what I’m doing. There are guys who are looking to come back into the team and that’s a healthy thing. More competition will only make players make more competitive.”
When asked whether cricketers focus is playing 100 Tests and 200 ODIs, Rohit said, “I don’t think they do that anymore. With the amount of cricket played from season to season — which again is the question, how do you define a season?”

“Fitness is the most important thing. You keep yourself fit and take it forward from there. If you keep fit then you may even play 200 Tests. Who knows? But setting those goals isn’t a trend anymore.
“The amount of cricket we play depends on how fit we manage to keep ourselves. It was a concern for me earlier. I admit it wasn’t the biggest priority for me but now, I can say that it is.

“I’ve been very hard on it and really understand its importance as an international cricketer. I love the gym and a good workout makes me feel exactly how I feel after scoring a hundred,” Rohit concluded.