“No Point Playing Those Who Don’t Have Hunger”: Fiery Rohit Sharma Lets Out Frustration, Talks On Team Chances

Indian cricket team skipper Rohit Sharma had a clear message for youngsters who lack the hunger for Test cricket amid BCCI’s effort to make sure that all centrally contracted players take part in domestic matches. In the recent months, a lot of chatter has taken place around Ishan Kishan not taking part in Ranji Trophy matches despite directives from the board and Shreyas Iyer opting out of Mumbai’s match despite the National Cricket Academy stating that he has not injuries. When asked about the hunger in youngsters to play Test cricket, Rohit had a blunt take after India’s win over England in Ranchi.

Jin logon ko bhookh hai, hum unhi logon ko mauka denge (We will give opportunities to only those who are hungry),” Rohit declared, making it clear that the team management is not willing to entertain players who do not display a burning desire to perform.

Agar hunger nahi hai to unko khila ke koi matlab nahi hai (There’s point in playing those who don’t have the hunger),” he said.

His comments came close on the heels of a BCCI diktat asking players like Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer to turn up for Ranji Trophy matches, a missive that was ignored by the duo.

“I don’t see anyone in the team here who is not hungry. All the boys who are here and also those who are not, they all want to play. But the thing with Test cricket is that you get very few opportunities. If you don’t utilise them, they go away,” he asserted.

The “composed” set of newcomers in the Indian team don’t need frequent advice, they need just a supportive environment to excel, said skipper Rohit Sharma after the young guns played a major part in the hosts’ series-sealing win over England in the fourth Test on Monday.

Playing his second Test, wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel produced a player of the match performance with the bat in both the innings.

His 90 in the first innings allowed India to get close to England’s 353 while his 72-run stand with Shubman Gill in the second innings helped the hosts tide past tense moments in the run chase.

Yashasvi JaiswalSarfaraz Khan and Akash Deep were also among the fresh blood who made an impact in the series.

“It’s been a very hard-fought series, so to come on the right side of it feels very good. A lot of challenges thrown at us but we responded and were quite composed. These (youngsters) guys want to be here, growing up in the domestic circuit, local club-cricket, and coming here,” said Rohit.

“It’s a big challenge, but the responses I get are encouraging. We have to give them the environment they want to be in, we can’t just keep talking to them, they are very clear in what they want to do,” he added.

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