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Rohit to focus on basics of captaincy

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Internet Desk: After comfortably leading Mumbai Indians to a hat-trick of IPL titles Rohit Sharma believes that "basics of captaincy remain same" when he will lead his team against Sri Lanka in the upcoming ODIs and T20I starting from Sunday.

Rohit will be in-charge of the Indian team for the first time while he has brought titles for Mumbai Indians in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Asked how different it will be from leading Mumbai Indians, Rohit said: "It will be completely a different ball game all together but the process and basics of captaincy will remain the same."

"We have a different set of players than the IPL team but having played with these guys for some time now, I do understand their strengths and weaknesses. It will be all about going there and executing and making everyone comfortable," Rohit added.

By his own admission, Rohit won't change the template of his captaincy which has got him success over the years in IPL.

"I don't need to change anything. I just need to carry from where we left as a team and yes IPL and international cricket is completely different --- the pressure and mindset of the players is absolutely different. I myself will not change much. I will try to be at the present and make those changes when necessary," the stand-in captain said.

Rohit has made a successful return to Test cricket with a century in Nagpur in the second Test and twin 50's in the final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

"It was important to be ready for an opportunity because in the last few years, the combinations that we were playing with allowed the captain to go with five bowlers at times.

"So it was important to be ready and I wanted to prepare myself in a manner that I can get a game anytime. I am happy the way the Test went in Nagpur. I want to continue and don't want to put pressure on myself and enjoy the game."

The stylish Mumbaikar said he wants to stay in the present and focus on the "little things", which will eventually make a big difference.

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