Rohit Sharma: My Test spot is priceless


India batsman Rohit Sharma is always the first one dropped from the Test side when an extra bowler needs to be added, and has not performed well in the format in recent games, but hopes to cement his spot in the upcoming series in Sri Lanka.

Rohit's Test career started well, despite waiting for years as an ODI player, and he scored a ton on debut, and in the next match in November 2013. Since then though, he's managed only two half tons in nine Tests.

He is determined to do well in Sri Lanka though, come 12 August, as long as he gets picked ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara, or they both get a place.

Rohit told "It (a Test place) is very priceless. It is very close to me. I don't want to let go of it so easily. It's not just me. Any cricketer you ask nobody wants to lose that spot. You know how hard you had to work for that spot.

"For me it was never easy. Let's make it very clear. I had to wait for five-six years before making my debut. I was scoring pretty heavily in Ranji Trophy. Because we had such a strong middle order at that time, it wasn't easy. We knew we had to wait.

"Now, you know, I stand in a position where it's in a very tricky position. I definitely want to do well every Test match I play. But knowing how Test matches are played these days, it's not easy.

"In fact it was never easy. Test cricket. It is a challenge, and I love challenges."

He continued: "When it comes to competition, it is always good to be in that zone. You always want to be competing for whatever you do.

"Just not for the spot, but even when you cement your place, you want to keep competing against the best in the world. I don't take it as pressure. I always enjoy competition, I have always loved it.

"At the end of the day what you do on the field is what matters. When you get an opportunity you have to make the most of it. You are the person in charge, you are the person responsible for what you make of it.

"It is in your hand what you do. You have all the opportunity. You just have to grab it. How you do it is up to you."