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According to former New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor, who spoke on the same occasion, the Indian team may be better suited to the conditions of The Oval pitch. Taylor expanded on this idea, and Sharma stated that he had observed a scoring pattern among the venue’s successful openers.
“The weather keeps changing a lot, so you have to keep concentrating for longer periods of time and that is the challenge of this format. You have got to keep concentrating for longer periods of time. You will get that intuition when to take the bowlers on, and you have to be ready for it,” Rohit Sharma spoke about the conditions.
“You have to understand what your strengths are. It is nice to know the pattern of scoring runs here as we know that this is one of the best batting wickets in England. You get value for your shots, the square boundaries are quite quick, and it is about giving yourself the best chance of having success here,” Rohit Sharma further added.
“It is the most challenging format”- Rohit Sharma
The Indian captain was questioned by session moderator Harsha Bhogle about his opinion of Test cricket in general. Since the longest format of the game had the potential to challenge a player over extended periods of time, Sharma claimed that it was at the very top for him.
“Right at the top. It is the most challenging format. It keeps challenging you as a player and as a leader now. You look forward to that. For me, it is just right at the top. For our team as well you know. In the last 3 or 4 years we have had good success all around the world. It is just about crossing the final hurdle, “ Rohit Sharma said at the event.
A few days from now, India and Australia will play in the ICC World Test Championship championship match at London’s Oval. India, which lost to New Zealand in the previous edition’s final two years ago, would like to challenge Australia, which won the WTC points race, this time around.