Indian captain Rohit Sharma has opened up on how the team management as well as the players don’t focus on the ‘outside noise’. He also said the same when he was asked about Virat Kohli’s form in the longer format. Kohli scored an overseas Test hundred after almost five years in Trinidad as well but, the captain isn’t concerned about what is being said on the outside about Kohli or any other player as well.
Speaking to the reporters before India’s first ODI against West Indies, Rohit Sharma said: “Look I have answered this question a number of times. We don’t focus too much on what is been said on the outside as they don’t know what conversations we have within the team and we would like to keep it that way. Our focus remains on how to get the best out of every individual in the team and how to help the team win games and series. Now our focus is on the three one-dayers and giving players chances so I would want to keep myself involved with that.”
Rohit Sharma further added: “There are quite a few players in the team who have played so much cricket that they need not be told everything. They are more than capable of understanding their game and you need not go and tell them every single detail. Our job is to make the new players comfortable and help them get the best out of themselves. Our focus is only on those things that could be for the betterment of the team.”
However, Rohit Sharma also said that there are a number of players in the race for some spots that could potentially help them to be in the ODI World Cup in India in October this year as well. He also spoke about the importance of role clarity and how the team management picks the players that would eventually make it to the World Cup squad as well.
“It’s certainly a challenge because a number of players are fighting for a few spots. We have so many options be it batters or bowlers. So it is difficult for a captain and coach but it is just not me ho goes through this as other teams also have to do this. What we see is who is able to perfectly fit the role that we are looking for. We look for those players who can fill the holes in the team by performing in the specific role,” Rohit Sharma concluded.