His only Test hundred outside the subcontinent came at The Oval in 2021 and India captain Rohit Sharma says one never feels “in” as a batter in English conditions but somehow develops an intuition as to when to attack the opposition bowling.
“Look, I think, in England in general, it’s pretty challenging conditions for batters. As long as you are prepared to have a good grind, you can have success,” Rohit said during an ICC event ‘Afternoon With Test Legends’ here on Sunday.
Rohit, who was India’s best batter in four Tests in 2021 against England, spoke about his personal experiencewhile seated alongsidePat Cummins, Ross Taylor and Ian Bell.
“One thing I realised in 2021, you are never in (set) and the weather keeps changing. You need to keep concentrating for longer periods of time and you will get that intuition when it’s time to take on the bowlers.
“More importantly, you need to be out there and you have got to understand what your strengths are,” the skipper said.
For someone who is big on data and analytics, as one has seen him with Mumbai Indians and Team India over the years, Rohit feels that knowing the scoring pattern of former players, who have had success at The Oval, won’t be a bad idea.
“I am not going to try and emulate them (successful players), but it would be nice to know their pattern of scoring. What I have found out at The Oval is the square boundaries are pretty quick.”
Switching formats for over a decade now, Rohit knows it’s hard but somehow enjoys that challenge, and his ability to tweak his technique as per requirements. "That (change of formats) certainly has been the challenging factor. You know you play multi-format. Mentally you have to be very adaptable and tweak your technique. You need to be talking to yourself and get mentally ready."