Rohit’s funny riposte Rohit Sharma had never shown the equanimity and the sense of humour that he displayed here on Sunday night. Admittedly he is in a good space. He was put a lengthy question on what the Pakistan players should do to bat like him. Rohit’s riposte to the lengthy query from a Pakistan journalist left everyone in splits. “If I were the Pakistan coach, I would advise them,” Rohit said as the hall exploded in laughter. But then what is the secret of his success. Rohit said it was all due to the space he is finding himself in and of course for the pleasures that his daughter Samaira has brought into his life. “I think it’s just the space I am in right now,” he said. “It’s a very good phase in my life. Having a daughter, a newly-born daughter in my life actually has put me in a good space. So, yeah, I think I’m enjoying my cricket, coming off a great IPL campaign and then starting off here.” In three games, Rohit has scored two centuries and one half-century giving India a flying start to the World Cup campaign. ——————————————————————————————————————————- Mini-break for Indian team After the high-octane game against Pakistan, the Indian team management announced a two-day break for the players. Some members of the squad travelled to Southampton yesterday but some players chose to utilise the free time elsewhere. The players will have to reassemble in Southampton by June 19. Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the team management is in no hurry to seek a replacement for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The India pacer has been ruled out for at least two games but it has been learnt that the team will stick to Bhuvneshwar and give him time to recover, just like it is doing with Shikhar Dhawan. “Slight niggle for Bhuvi, he slipped on one of the footmarks. He’s out for two, maybe three games, but he should come back for us at some stage during this tournament,” skipper Virat Kohli had said after the Sunday’s game. India play their next game, against Afghanistan, in Southampton on June 22. ——————————————————————————————————————————- Will Alex Hales come in? Remember Alex Hales? The England opener was suspended from the World Cup squad after it was found that he had used recreational drug. Now with the hosts having injury problems, particularly to opener Jason Roy, the talk is of bringing Hales back. Eoin Morgan was asked about the possibility in Manchester yesterday and the England skipper did not rule it out. “I’ve not been part of any discussions simply because I’ve been firmly focused on managing the players and everything else that’s ongoing. Again, that’s not something — I haven’t spoken to Ed Smith (chief selector) since the selection meeting. So, I don’t know,” he said but when quizzed further, he gave in. “I think it would be a case of speaking to Ed because ultimately Ed gets the final call and say on who is involved in the 15, and then addressing how that would look in a changing room setup, yeah.” Not long ago, England experts had ruled out the 30-year-old opener from international cricket. “I don’t know how he comes back from this,” Michael Vaughan had told BBC in April after the ECB announced the decision. Things suddenly seem to be changing for Hales.