New Delhi: Fresh from an unbeaten century on the opening day of the 2011-2012 Ranji Trophy season, India and Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma believes he is on the right track for a comeback to the national team. In his first competitive innings since recovering from a thumb injury sustained during India's disastrous tour of England this summer, Rohit's unbeaten 101 guided Mumbai to 338 for five on the first day of their match against Railways at the Karnail Singh Stadium.
"[It was] One of the toughest wickets I’ve played on. The pitch was behaving hilariously," he told DNA. "Three out of six balls stayed low. In that context, I rate this knock very highly. I played a couple of Twenty20 matches after recovering from my finger injury, but the pressure in a Ranji Trophy game is completely different. This knock is crucial for me. The Indian team is in the city and I feel a little odd not being with them. But I don’t want to rush myself. My batting should get me there."
With Mumbai in a dominant position, Rohit was confident of helping his team to a big score so that the visitors could push for a win. "We want to bat only once. I can’t think of batting on this wicket on days three and four. A total of 550 should be enough. And to achieve that, I will have to carry on and score a really big knock. We will see off the new ball and then go for runs."
Rohit was fulsome in his praise for Suryakumar Yaday, who scored 88 in a fourth-wicket partnership of 180. "Different player, refreshing to watch,” he said. "He was playing sweeps and reverse -weeps at will. Time and again, people came with a message. They obviously wanted to him to slow down. But I told him to go for his shots. The problem with his style is that he’ll fail quite a few times. But that’s his style and he should back himself. He got out for 88, but he deserved a hundred. I’d say he was unlucky."
Rohit, 24, has played 67 ODIs for India.