Rohit Sharma, the present captain of the Indian cricket team, left an indelible mark in the previous edition of the ODI World Cup with his remarkable performance. Accumulating a staggering 648 runs across nine matches, the opener clinched the accolade of the tournament’s highest run-scorer. As anticipation builds for the impending World Cup scheduled to commence on October 5, Rohit aims to rekindle his exceptional form and contribute to the national team’s pursuit of championship glory.
Reflecting on the forthcoming tournament, Rohit Sharma shared insights into his mindset during the prior World Cup, highlighting his tranquility and optimal physical condition. Drawing from these experiences, he endeavors to replicate the same mindset in the 2023 edition. This time around, Rohit faces amplified pressure, considering India’s decade-long drought without securing an ICC trophy and the added weight of competing on home soil. To counter these pressures, the skipper prioritizes robust mental preparation.
In his words, “My focus is on maintaining inner calm and shielding myself from external influences, whether positive or negative. My aim is to block out distractions and recapture the mental state I embodied before the 2019 World Cup.” He elaborated on his state of mind during the previous tournament, emphasizing meticulous preparation and a positive frame of mind. Rohit is committed to revisiting and reinstating those winning aspects into his approach ahead of the forthcoming competition.
Rohit Sharma said “I am trying to recollect what were the right things that I was doing before the 2019 World Cup as a cricketer & as a person”. [PTI] pic.twitter.com/aFMQbqMJwT
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Addressing the recent controversy surrounding Yuzvendra Chahal’s omission from the Asia Cup squad, particularly due to the absence of right-arm spinners in the team, Rohit Sharma shed light on the selection process and player communication. He affirmed that the team management engages in open conversations with sidelined players, elucidating the rationale behind their exclusion.
“While forming the ideal lineup, there will inevitably be players who miss out for various reasons. Rahul bhai (Dravid) and I have made an effort to elucidate to players the factors impacting their selection status. We undertake one-on-one interactions with players post every squad announcement and playing XI selection,” Rohit Sharma emphasized. He empathetically shared his personal experience of being left out from the World Cup squad in 2011, acknowledging the emotional toll such decisions can take on players.
As the cricketing world awaits the 2023 World Cup, Rohit Sharma strives to channel his past successes and learnings into a determined pursuit of victory, both individually and as a leader of the Indian cricket fraternity.