Rohit Sharma picks a reason for debacle: shot selection

Rohit Sharma IndiaRohit Sharma also made it a point to defend the Indian bowlers, regardless of their poor showing on tour (AP)

It's been a running question over the last 10 days, ever since India landed in South Africa. One that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has had to deal with every time he's walked in for a press conference. Did India enter the ODI series under-cooked? Have they been pitiable so far because they didn't get enough time to acclimatise?

So far, Dhoni has gone on to defend that opinion, though not directly. On Tuesday, it was opener Rohit Sharma's turn to talk about India's preparation. And the Mumbai right-hander was prudent in his response.

He insisted that there was no excuse for the poor performance that the Indian batting unit had dished out during the first two ODIs. Sharma, who has had to deal with a fired-up Dale Steyn with the new-ball on both occasions, even went on to say that he and his colleagues had messed up in familiar climes at Kingsmead in Durban.

"There is no excuse for being short on match practice or something. We have been playing continuously in the last three months or so. But yes, we just need to be aware of our shot selection. Conditions were similar to India in Durban. Yes, there was a bit of bounce, but as a batsman you need to understand that you are playing in South Africa," he said.

While Sharma couldn't lay his bat to ball at the Wanderers against Steyn for close to three overs, he did survive the potent burst from the South African pace mainstay before being unfortunately run-out. He was under the pump again in Durban but he even managed to pick a few runs off Steyn, before falling in tame fashion while attempting a pull-shot against Lonwabo Tsotsobe. But Sharma believed that his strategy of playing for time and seeing off the likes of Steyn and Morne Morkel had somewhat worked in Johannesburg.

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