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IND vs AUS 2017: Do you know what is Rohit Sharma's job as an opener?

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Internet Desk: India’s opening batsman Rohit Sharma has been in prime form after his return from a hamstring injury. As per the Mumbai batsman it’s his job to score runs for the side, as the team always relies on the openers a lot.

"It is my job to score runs as an opener. The team really depends on the start that we give. It adds to success of the team. I just go out and play my game. That is what I am going to do in the future, see the opposition and plan accordingly, said Rohit after playing a match winning knock against Australia in the fifth and final ODI.

Chasing a modest target set by the visitors, Indian openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma started well for the side. They shared a partnership of 124 runs for the first wicket. Rahane (61) who got his chances in the playing XI in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan scored his fourth half century of the series and showed the world that he will give tough competition to his compatriot Dhawan whenever he will get a chance to play.Rohit said he likes to bat alongside Rahane.

"We have played lot of cricket in Mumbai. We talk a lot in the middle, we discuss when need to take risk and when not to. These are the little things that help build partnerships.

He played really well in the series and handled the new ball well.

Reserves who got the opportunity play in the series performed, be it Rahane or Axar Patel.

Asked whether he is part of a team that has the strongest bench strength in a long time, Rohit said, "I can t comment on that (whether we have the strongest bench strength now) as I have been with the Indian team only for the last 10 years."

"This team certainly has good pool of reserves. Whoever has got the opportunity, has come in and performed. It shows we have got guys who can take up the challenge and perform. We missed Yuzvendra Chahal today, Axar came in and got wickets.”

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