Cricketers can not make excuses of burnout & tight match schedule: Rohit Sharma

Cricketers can not make excuses of burnout & tight match schedule: Rohit Sharma”

Whoever gets the opportunity to bat with me will think the same way.

Rohit also conceded India would miss Shikhar Dhawan who has been released for the first three ODIs to be with his unwell wife. "Yes, his absence will be felt", he said. The kind of form he was in off late.

"Right from Champions Trophy till the last tour in Sri Lanka, he has had impactful performances for the team".

India will most likely give Ajinkya Rahane a chance up the order. He had a great series in the West Indies where he was Man-of- the-Series. He can come and take up that role anytime.

"The partner doesn't matter, to be honest", Rohit said. It's what the conditions have to offer, what sort of pitch you are playing in. "At the end of the day, you have to give your team a good start".

"If I see someone struggling at the other end, I will have to take up the role and if they see I'm struggling, they'll take up that role. This is the kind of planning we have in the setup and there is no confusion regarding the same".

Rohit's comments suggest Lokesh Rahul will not go back up the order despite struggling at number four.

"Ajinkya (Rahane) opened in the West Indies. I guess that could be the option", Rohit said before training at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday. "But having said, there will be a parameter which we all know doesn't need to be crossed", he added. However, Smith, who then went on to lead Rising Pune Supergiant to the IPL final and played alongside Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni, said he was not too concerned over his differences with his Indian counterpart. Things have changed, team dynamics have changed. "That's how I became an opener because the team wanted me to open at that point", he explained.

While Rohit said that it was up to the individual to find the right way to manage his schedule, he was personally not for taking a break from playing.He had missed the bulk of India's home season previous year, including the Test series against England and Australia, with a thigh injury. I don't see myself doing that [taking a break], I want to play as much as possible. I'm sure no batsman will come into the fray thinking he is a specialist opener and needs to open. "He is obviously a very good player and has a phenomenal ODI record".

"We have to wait and see once the tournament starts". Both teams are aggressive in nature. "Spirit of the game always needs to be there and there needs to be a line which needs to be drawn", he said. "We all know as professional cricketers we shouldn't cross limits". A lot of these guys have played enough cricket to understand that.

The players' workload remains an ongoing conversation given the quantum of cricket India are playing in the immediate future: from September to December, they play 23 internationals - three Tests, 11 ODIs and nine T20Is - against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

"There is only one thought - how to get our team off to a good start".

"That is what happened in Sri Lanka". That's why we have the (rotation) policy gong on.

The stylish Mumbai batsman, who was appointed vice-captain of the ODI team ahead of the Sri Lanka series, complemented the skipper. We are all here thinking wherever the team wants us to play we should do the job.

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