Rohit Sharma opines on India’s chance to win the T20 World Cup
By SMCS - Oct 22, 2022 12:16 pm
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Team India captain Rohit Sharma has said that doing well in ICC tournaments is a challenge for them as their record over the last decade has not been quite impressive. He, however, added that the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia is an opportunity for them to change things around. India haven’t won an ICC trophy since MS Dhoni led the side to victory during the 2013 Champions Trophy in England as well.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma led the Indian team

However, India will begin their T20 World Cup 2022 campaign by playing against Pakistan in Melbourne on Sunday, October 23.

Addressing a press conference ahead of the match, Rohit said: “I will not want say (there is) pressure, but it is definitely a challenge for us to come out on top in ICC tournaments. Yes, there has been not the performance what we would like to (have had) in ICC tournaments, especially in big games, but I believe the opportunity always comes and we have the opportunity now to come here and do well. So, I think we will have to focus on certain things to get that right. Yes, it is a challenge to not win ICC trophy for nine years, if I am not wrong. The last one we won was in 2013. So yeah, it has been a challenge with a team like us. Obviously, there are a lot of expectations; we certainly little disappointed with that. This tournament gives us that chance to change it and do well. We certainly know we have to play our best cricket to do well here. We’ll probably have to take one game at a time, and then move on from there and think about the next one.”

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After pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to a back injury, the BCCI named veteran pacer Mohammed Shami as his replacement. However, Shami has not played a single T20I for India since the World Cup last year and even missed the home series against Australia and South Africa due to COVID as well.

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Team India witnessed a dream start

Explaining the decision, Rohit Sharma said: “The guy has got so much experience. (He has) been playing for so many years for India and has played World Cups as well before. We all know the quality that he has. When Bumrah got injured, we always wanted to have someone experienced in the line-up. Shami was the right choice for us.”Looking at what has happened with him in the last 20-25 days, obviously he got COVID back home and had to miss the home series leading up to the World Cup. The kind of experience that he has, we know that he will not be short of match practice.”

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However, he also opened up on Mohammed Shami bowling the last over in the warm-up match against Australia. He also stated that Shami is very well prepared as he claimed three wickets in the last over of the practice match against Australia, which India won by six runs as well.

“That was always the plan. We know he is very good with the new ball, so we wanted to give him the challenge of bowling at the death. Most importantly, his body was something we had to look at. We wanted to give him full four overs in the next warm-up game, but unfortunately the match was washed out. He’s been training with the team for a while now. He’s very much ready. It’s just about going out and executing now what Shami is known for,” Rohit Sharma concluded.