“I want to play whatever cricket is there in front of me,” he said during the pre-match press conference.
Rohit is set to lead India in the two-match Test series against South Africa in South Africa. The opening Test will kick off on December 26, the Boxing Day Test, and the Mumbaikar is confident to take India to their first-ever Test series win in the Rainbow Nation.Rohit, who captained India to the World Cup final where they lost the title clash by six wickets against Australia, said, as a leader, he wants his team to “achieve” what other Indian sides in the past have failed to do in South Africa.
Since their first Test series in South Africa in 1992, India have never achieved success there.
The skipper wants his unit to be the first one to win a series in the Rainbow Nation in India’s ninth attempt since 1992.
“Want to achieve what nobody has achieved in this part of the world,” Rohit said.
“These are very important matches in terms of where we stand as a team. Also to look back that we have never won a series here as well, it’s a big opportunity for us to do well here,” Rohit said on the eve of the opening Test.
“We came pretty close the last two times when we toured here but again we have come to this place with lot of confidence to try and achieve what nobody (Indian) team has ever achieved in this part of the world,” the skipper said, exuding confidence.
So will it act as a balm for World Cup final defeat and he was straight?
“I don’t know whether a Test series win in South Africa can be a balm for a World Cup final defeat. I mean World Cup is World Cup. Itni mehnaat ki haai, kuch toh result milein. (We have been working so hard, it’s time we get some big result). We all want that,” Rohit answered typically in his own sweet style.
KL Rahul is expected to keep wickets in the first Test but the skipper said it will be up to the wicketkeeper-batter to decide how long he wants to don the gloves in the five-day format.
“I am not sure how long KL Rahul would want to keep wickets but he is keen as of now,” said Rohit.
India’s World Cup hero, Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the series with an ankle injury and Rohit termed the speedster’s absence as a big loss.
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“Shami will be a big miss for what he has done for us over the years. Someone will fill up (the) hole but it won’t be easy,” he said.