Indian opener Rohit Sharma has admitted that Dhoni’s decision to make him open the innings was the turning point of his career.
"I believe the decision to open in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) changed my career and it was a decision taken by MS Dhoni. I became a better batsman after that," he said. "In fact it helped me understand my game better, react better according to situations.
"He (Dhoni) just came up to me and said I want you to open the innings as I am confident that you will do well. Since you can play both cut and pull shot well, you have the qualities to succeed as an opener. He told me that I shouldnt be scared of failures or get upset by criticism. He was looking at the bigger picture as the Champions Trophy was scheduled in England that year."
Speaking about his successful run the 2013 edition of Champions trophy, he said, "I got 65 against South Africa, who had Morne Morkel, Ryan McLaren, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Rory Kleinveldt. Morne and McLaren were hitting three-quarter length and Tsotsobe was swinging it. The skipper was confident that I could handle the situation and I did," he said. With no disrespect to other great Indian captains, I was blessed to play under MS all these years. His calmness in pressure situations helped us. He always led from the front. There won’t be one like him."
Rohit is recovering from his hamstring injury and is expected to stage a comeback in 12-14 weeks. "Well, I can’t set an exact date on when I will return to competitive cricket. I am told it would take 12-14 weeks for complete recovery. It means anything between four to six weeks from now," he revealed. "I have started running and from next week I will start with my batting drills. First the basic drills, followed by batting against bowling machine followed by proper net session,” he said.
He added, "I dont know about Australia series but I need to play some practice games. I would like to speak to Mumbai CA if I could play some club games. The problem is that I have not played club cricket for more than 10 years so I am not aware about current procedures and stuff like that."