Rohit Sharma had an amazing 2019 with the bat as he slammed 2442 runs in the year in which debut as an opener in Tests and also hit a world record five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup. He welcomed the New Year 2020 by celebrating the birthday of his daughter Samaira, who turned one on December 30. Rohit has become a devout family man after his marriage to Ritika and the birth of his daughter.
He sought some time for rest after playing non-stop for Team India in 2019 and is missing the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. He will return to don the Men in Blue uniform when Australia comes knocking the door for a three-match ODI series. However, for the moment, he is content with his game and place in cricket and is enjoying life as a father and a husband.
“I am a different Rohit in terms of how I think,” says Rohit Sharma
“I am a different Rohit in terms of how I think. I am in such a great space in my life because of the family that I have — my wife (Ritika) and daughter (Samaira). I am not worried about what others are talking about. They (wife and daughter) fill me with love and happiness and I try to stay within that rather than thinking about X, Y or Z making comments about me,” Rohit was quoted as saying by The Quint. The 32-year-old made a big splash in his failing Test career when he scored a brilliant double ton on debut as the opener.
Rohit Sharma also talked about Test cricket and how the South Africa series was possibly his last-ditch attempt to resurrect his career in the five-day format. However, the opener said that he stopped thinking about Tests a long while back and wanted to enjoy the game with his mates.
“At the end of the day, I want to go out there, share a laugh with my mates and enjoy. If you talk about opening in the SA series, from people’s perspective, it was my last chance but I am a sportsman and I can’t think like that. If I thought it was my last chance then I wouldn’t have scored runs with that mindset,” Rohit said.
Rohit also felt hurt that the issue of players’ families staying with them beyond the stipulated limits during the World Cup was blown to such proportions. He felt that families come to support the players and make them happy. But dragging his family into this all made him mad and said that even Kohli must have felt the same way given families are important to everyone.
“Our families are there to support us, make us feel happy. When all these things were being written about, few of my friends came and told me and believe me or not, I was just laughing,” Rohit said. “But then it went on and on and they dragged my family and that was not on. You talk about me but don’t drag my family as they genuinely don’t care about anything else. I think even Virat (Kohli) must have felt the same way as families are an important aspect of our lives,” Rohit added.
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