Practice matches are best way to prepare for overseas tour, says Rohit Sharma

first_imgThe Team India management’s actions make it clear that they do not see merit in Sunil Gavaskar’s suggestion to have extra practice sessions after being blown away by England’s swing bowling at Lords.Virat Kohli and Co have opted to only have two practice sessions ahead of the Trent Bridge Test, starting August 18.Gavaskar was also critical of the Indian team’s decision to go into the five-match Test series with just one practice game despite a seventeen-day break after the end of ODI series.Rohit Sharma ready to open in Test cricket if offered a chanceAnd now, India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma has said that the best way to prepare for an overseas tour is to play “as many matches and have as many practice sessions as possible”.”You have to prepare for the conditions and the best preparation you can have is by going to that particular country and playing as many matches and have as many practice sessions as possible.””It cannot happen because we get few days to prepare for a series. But whatever time you get, be it in Mumbai or Australia or England, you try and prepare to the conditions accordingly,” he added.India finally practice ahead of crucial Trent Bridge Test vs EnglandAs is the case this time, unlike South Africa, India had more time at disposal in England and it’s quite possible some players in the touring squad may echo Rohit’s thoughts.Rohit also conceded there is precious little the batsmen can do in the middle of the series, faced with the quality English bowling.advertisement”Its very tough to make changes in between. Whatever changes you do, you have to do it at the start. Trying to change a whole lot in middle of the series, would not be a good idea. You can do minor changes, but you cannot do a whole lot,” he stated.Giving an insight into the way he has dealt with pressure in white or red ball cricket, Rohit suggested some Indian batsmen should strive to counter-attack if it suited their game.”Every batsman in the squad know their strengths and weaknesses, so what they can do is go back and try and strengthen that. The English bowlers are more of swing bowlers, so our batsmen can focus on that aspect of the game.”It is up to the individuals on how they want to prepare and counter swing bowling. All the bowlers are trying to swing the ball rather than keeping it fast or bouncy. They are trying to swing the ball and get us out. The batsmen know about it and they are working hard. They can come back in the next Test and put the English bowlers under pressure. In the past I have seen that when you put them under pressure, most of the teams struggle. If we can do it, then nothing like it,” he said.last_img read more