Sri Lanka recall Thisara for India ODI series

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 16, 2017

Most thrilling for him was his appointment as the vice-captain. That's the opportunity I always wait for, to get on to the field and learn something. I am not thinking too much about it.

This will be the first time Tharanga will lead the ODI squad.

Having played global cricket for over ten years, Sharma finally got a taste of vice-captaincy in the Champions Trophy earlier this year, and was officially named deputy to Virat Kohli for the Sri Lanka series. You get to learn a lot more when you have your ups and downs.

"Before those ten years, I never thought I would play for India".

"Now I have realised that it can not be just about slogging, you got to understand the situation and the conditions". (Only) When I started playing Ranji Trophy, I realised that I have that goal at which I can look at. And once I was picked up for Indian team, there was no looking back.

Honored to be named as the vice-skipper of the national side, Rohit said that he did not even dream about the same 10 years ago and was only focused on playing for the Indian team. "Today I got to learn playing those sweeps and reverse sweeps when someone like Lasith Malinga comes and bowls to you". "There are so many things, you must have seen over the years, especially in the limited-overs format". Now, I have realised that it can not be going out and just slogging every time.

"You got to understand the situation, the conditions and that's what I have learnt over these years with so many coaches around". Global cricket is a different ball game compared to the IPL, but Rohit said "the excitement and the energy level is the same".

"IPL is a completely different ball game and global cricket is completely different", he said.

"It's something that the game demands these days, you've got to be innovative and play different kinds of shots to get maximum results,"Rohit said". I am the vice-captain here, there I was the captain, and so I was more in front. "Whenever the opportunity comes, in the first one-day global on August 20, there will be some sort of role I have to play". But the excitement and energy level is same, ' he felt.

Facing tremendous public criticism and ridicule after they were whitewashed 3-0 in the Test series, Sri Lankan cricketers are pleading from their supporters to not give up on their team in its hour of crisis. "The support of our fans plays a big role in lifting the morale of the team", Indian Express quoted Tharanga as saying. But during those times, I kept working on my skills. You can't sit here and waste time.

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