I still see myself as a beginner, says workhorse Mohit Sharma
New Delhi: Speedster Mohit Sharma, who calls himself a “beginner in international cricket” attributes his recent success in international cricket to the opportunities that was given to him by his IPL and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Mohit has played 20 ODIs and four T20s since making his debut international debut in August 2013. It would be fair to say that he is a regular in the limited overs squad, if not in the playing XI. However, the soft spoken cricketer from Faridabad sees his position in the side differently.
“Actually I still see myself as beginner. The only big difference (since debut) has been that I spend double time on my bowling and fitness. When you finally get to play for India, then you realise how tough it is keep doing well and maintain your place in the team,” Mohit told PTI before leaving for Bangladesh for the three-match ODI series.
Next month, he is set to travel to Zimbabwe, a place where he donned the India jersey for the first time in 2013 following a successful IPL with Chennai Super Kings.
Mohit may not be in the ‘express league’ like Umesh Yadav or Varn Aaron, but has made good use of his strength, which is consistently bowling an accurate line and length.
Ask him about his evolution as a bowler in the last two years, the 26-year-old has plenty to say.
“I think am a lot wiser now. I am able to assess the situation much faster than earlier times. I have experienced major changes in my body as well, the fitness has increased and because of that I have gained speed as well. Overall, I feel much more knowledgeable about the game.
“I am very much a beginner but learning can’t stop even if you become a very big player. When you enter international cricket, you instantly get to know what to do at what time just by sitting in the dressing room (waha baith ke hee kaafi kuch seekhne ko mil jaata hain). Besides that, the pressure situations teaches you a lot.”
And he doesn’t like if you only call him a line and length bowler.
“I may not be super quick but I think I bowl at a decent pace. I have been consistently hitting 135-140 kmph and that’s decent speed. And it not just about pace for me. I focus on landing the ball in the right areas and leave the rest to the conditions. Having said that, I understand that I need to improve improve my pace further,” he retorts.