Fatullah, Feb 26: He has transformed himself from 'Mr Inconsistent' to 'Mr Dependable' in the shorter formats and Indian batsman Rohit Sharma today said it has been possible because of the backing that he has got from the team management.
Few years back, the Indian team management was criticised regularly when Rohit had a string of low scores but Dhoni's faith in the Mumbai batsman's ability has been unshakable.
"If any individual knows that he has the backing of the team, that's when he opens up and expresses himself better - gets the performance going," Rohit told media persons on the eve of India's Asia Cup T20 match against arch-rivals Pakistan. (Ind-Pak records at a glance)
"For us also, we have been playing with the squad for a while which shows that we have a good bunch, which is ready to take up the challenge at any given point of time. That's a good sign and we are very proud of that.
"It's a good sign going to the World T20. But we have three more games to go and the focus now is on against the game versus Pakistan," India's hero against Bangladesh in the last game, said.
Rohit feels the Indian team will focus on their core strength, which is batting rather than think about Pakistan's four-pronged pace attack.
"Yes, they have a formidable bowling attack but we would want to concentrate more on our strengths and prepare our plans accordingly. Our strength is batting and depending on the wicket we will have to focus on that. Every team has its own specialities. They have good left-arm seamers in their armoury while we have better spinners."
The star batsman also made it clear that he is not only focusing on Mohammad Amir but also on the whole Pakistan bowling attack.
"I have played him before but also other bowlers. We are preparing for each individual and not just about one. We have to be well prepared and we are up for the challenge. We are not thinking too far ahead and doing everything possible we can to win games."