Was it encouraging to be able to play in your normal style in Tests after recovering from shoulder injury?
I wasn’t worried about my batting due to the injury. I’ve always played like I did in Mumbai. In Australia, I once made 195 runs in a day, 228 in Pakistan. I was able to utilise the Mumbai wicket, which was good for batting. I want to put on record my debt to physios Paul Close and Nitin Patel and masseur Mane Kaka—they’ve worked very hard to help me recover.
How come you play so many shots and yet manage to bat for so long?
I pick the bowlers to attack, I choose what strokes to play on different tracks, against different fields. When you see the field, you know what line and length to expect. The bowler may then err, or try to surprise you. You have to hit the bad balls, and also try to counter his strategy. I believe the more you stay on strike against one bowler, the greater is the chance for him to dismiss you. So I try to hit a bad ball for a four and then rotate the...