Team India captain Rohit Sharma has shut down talks about the side’s No. 1 ranking heading into the ODI World Cup, claiming that they have bigger things to worry about. Rohit, however, admitted that being No. 1 is a positive feeling. However, India beat Australia by five wickets in the first ODI in Mohali and became the top-ranked team in the format as well. Notably, they were already the No.1 side in Tests and T20Is and with this feat, they are the No.1 team across formats.
At a press conference ahead of the third ODI in Rajkot on Wednesday, Rohit Sharma said, “It’s pretty good. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what kind of ranking you go in with, what sort of performances you have had in the past. Yes, it’s a good positive thing to take forward, but you know that sport is played in present. So, we’ve got to play very good cricket on the present day. I don’t think anyone will be worried about the rankings at this point because we have bigger things to worry about.”
The third ODI of the India-Australia series will take place at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Wednesday (September 27). And, a win in the Rajkot ODI will see India whitewash Australia, which would be a massive feat for them as well.
“As a skipper, you would not look into all those things like a whitewash is on the cards. You would want to play good cricket, and you want to achieve certain things on the field.”The last two games, I wasn’t part of it, but I saw a lot of it, and I thought we played really good cricket and achieved a lot. We chased in one game. We batted first in the other game, got a decent amount of runs. We bowled pretty well in both games. We did pretty much everything right in these two games. There’s a bigger goal in mind, so focusing on that will be crucial for us,” Rohit Sharma concluded.