Whenever newcomers step out, they should not have any baggage – Rohit
“When you’re playing bilaterals, you need to tick certain boxes, and we are trying to do that,” Rohit said. “We are trying to create a healthy atmosphere, giving the younger players security so that players can go out and play fearlessly.
“In the first meeting that we had, we spoke about this very clearly. Told them that ‘if you’re trying to do something for the team, that act will never get unnoticed; you will be noticed when you raise your hand and try to take pressure on yourself and try to do something for the team’. That’s the job of the captain and coach. To tell the players that ‘we do understand what you’re trying to do for the team’.
“You tell them to take their chances, and if it doesn’t come off, you still back them because we know what they are trying to do for the team.”
“Seeing the talent pool of India, it is not easy,” Rohit said. “Most of the guys sitting outside have also done very well. It’s not easy, only 11 can play, we know that. It’s always tough, but we will try our best that whenever our players step out, they do not have any baggage.”
Venkatesh Iyer is a Bright Prospect for us – Rohit
Rohit showed his clarity about the job being given to Venkatesh Iyer, the breakout star from the UAE leg of the 2021 IPL. Although he has been opening in the IPL, the management wants him to build a name for himself between Nos. 5 and 7 for India.
Rohit addressed the fact that drastically changing a newcomer’s regular batting position might be hard on the player. But Rohit felt that India needs someone new not in the top order but for the later part of the innings.
“The plan is to keep Iyer in the mix as much as we can,” Rohit said. “At the same time, we need to give him a role to bat where he usually doesn’t bat for his franchise. It’s going to be slightly tough for him to bat down the order. We’ve given him a role to bat at No. 5, 6 or 7 and see if he can do the job for us.