Kolkata, Nov 14: Record-breaker Rohit Sharma refused to comment on whether he wants to continue opening the batting, but said he will do what is best for the team.
Speaking to the media after setting records during his epic 264 against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI at Eden Gardens on Thursday (November 14), Rohit said he will do what the team wants from him.
"I am not the captain or coach or the team management so I can't decide this. I will bat wherever they decide. I don't know what will be in the World Cup. The team combination is more important than the personal interest. Whatever the team combination we want going into the World Cup, I've to keep that mind," Rohit said on asked about the opening slot. (World Cup 2015 Fixtures)
Rohit gave credit to BCCI physio Vaibhav Daga for working overtime with him. "I am sure he will be a really happy man. It was a very difficult two months. I would like to thank the BCCI physio Mr Vaibhav Daga. For both of us it was a big challenge, he really worked hard with me."
Asked whether he had Sehwag's record 219 in mind when he completed the double ton, Rohit said: "The last time I scored 209 someone said you missed it by 10 runs. I was not looking at that while batting. I was a little surprised and shocked seeing the teammates giving me the ovation then I realised I must have surpassed it."
He said he was happy to bat till the last ball. "Most importantly I am happy to bat 50 overs. To bat till the last over is really pleasing for me." The reigning world champions will leave for Australia for a Test series in December followed by a tri-series, also featuring England, that will kickstart their World Cup build-up. Rohit felt it would be a challenging series.
"It's too early to talk about it right now. Once we finish the series, we will go back and see. Australians are playing some really good cricket. So we will be up for a big challenge in Australia. The guys are in good nick and performing really well. I hope it would be an interesting one.
"It will be a big advantage to get used to the conditions, the wickets. Playing a Test series, followed by a Tri-series will really help us. We all are up for the challenge."
Calling Eden Gardens a special venue, Rohit joked he would not mind buying a flat in Kolkata. "If you will help me getting a flat I would definitely (buy one here). People love their cricket here. This place is really special to me. I have really fond memories here. I love playing here," he said of the ground where he made his Ranji debut and went on to score a hundred in his maiden Test.
Rohit also has a Ranji Trophy double here besides scoring a hundred in T20 for the Mumbai Indians.