I would like to lead India some day: Rohit

'At the moment my sole aim is to play well.'


Opening with Shikhar Dhawan in One-Day Internationals has given a new lease of life to Rohit Sharma’s career. The Mumbai batsman had been in and out of the team for a long time but lately, has proved his detractors wrong.

The upcoming series against Australia will provide him another opportunity to cement his place at the top of the order.

With Australian skipper Michael Clarke ruled out of the series, Rohit senses another good opportunity for India to continue their recent dominant run in the limited-overs format.

"Clarke’s absence will affect the Australians but they are a good one-day side. But we have been performing really well as a team in the last couple of years, so we will surely look to win the series," Rohit said during an event organised to felicitate the winners of a Lay’s contest in the Capital.

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Rohit also attracted a lot of fans with his captaincy skills during this year’s Indian Premier League, in which he led Mumbai Indians to their maiden title.

He is now harbouring the dream of leading the national team one day but at the moment, is only concentrating on batting well for the national team.

"Every player hopes to lead the national team one day and I am no different. I would also like to lead the country some day but at the moment my sole aim is to play well and help the team win as many matches as I can."

Rohit has a number of senior players like Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh in the Mumbai Indians team, and he credits them for allowing him to improve as a player and a captain.

"If you have such senior players in the team, it obviously helps a lot. They are always there and I have always learnt from the way they carry themselves during matches."

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Yuvraj Singh has been recalled to the Indian team for the lone Twenty20 International and the first three ODIs against the Australians. Rohit and former India captain Ravi Shastri gave a thumbs-up to the selectors’ decision.

"I am very happy to see Yuvraj making a comeback into the national squad and everyone in the team feels the same way. The reason is very simple. He is a quality player and every player and team knows how talented he is.

"He will surely add value to this team," said Rohit.

Shastri rated the current Indian team as one of the best that he has seen during his time as a player and a commentator.

He said the decision to include Yuvraj was justified, especially with the kind of effort that the left-hander has put in after being left out of the team since January.

"This is surely one of the best, if not the best, team that I have ever seen. It is easily the best fielding unit and especially with Yuvraj coming in, it will be an even more dangerous side."

"Yuvraj has worked hard on his game and fitness and has been rightly rewarded by the selectors because he has scores to justify that call-up," said Shastri.

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