Team India skipper Rohit Sharma admitted that he wants to break Chris Gayle’s record for the most number of sixes hit in the international cricket.
Rohit currently have 539 sixes and are 14 behind Chris Gayle (553). The Indian captain can go past Gayle’s record in the coming weeks.
“I want to break Chris Gayle’s six-hititng record. Never in my life I would have imagined that I will break the Chris Gayle’s record. It’s funny (flex muscles),” Rohit told journalist Vimal Kumar in a candid interview.
Rohit, who has been given the moniker “hitman” recollects how playing aerial shots during his junior days were banned by the coaches.
“I am not a muscle guy but I like to hit the bowl hard. When I started playing cricket, I was told that timing is important. Aerial shots were a big no,” he said.
“We were told that you can play aerial shots. Basic was to keep your head intact, keep the bat close to your body and play the bowl along the carpet. If we used to play aerial shots, coach used to throw us out from the game,” he added.
Rohit also explained his relationship with head coach Rahul Dravid.
“I have a huge respect for Rahul Dravid. First for the person he is and then the cricketer. Because being a good human comes first then you are a cricketer, a footballer or a doctor. He is a genuine guy.
“I didn’t get much chance to play with him but I now I have got the opportunity to work with him in the past two years. He didn’t like to have a communciation gap with any player or support staff. His simple rule is to communicate with everyone.
“We have an open relationship. I have enjoyed my time with Rahul bhai. He is passing his knowledge about cricket to everyone,” he said.
When asked about Rishabh Pant, who is recovering from his injury, the Indian captain has only one advice for him and that is to keep playing the fearless brand of cricket.
“I want him to continiue play like this. He has backed his game. He is not stubborn but taking risk is his game. He always says that ‘I play according to the situation.’ He don’t go and start slogging, he read the situation well,” said Rohit.