India skipper Rohit Sharma recently shed light on his role as a batter in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. The Men in Blue are all set to take on 5-time champions Australia in the final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, November 19.
During the pre-match press conference, he said that he wanted to play in a certain manner in the World Cup but had plans if his approach did not work out. Rohit has scored 550 runs in 10 matches in the 2023 World Cup, at an average of 55 and a strike rate of 124.15.
“Look, honestly, before the start of the World Cup, I do wanted to play in a certain manner. I had no idea that it is going to come off or what if it doesn’t come off. I had plans for both, if it comes off what I’m going to do in the next game, if it doesn’t come off what I’m going to do in the next game,” said Rohit.
Sharma further stated that it’s important for him to have freedom to express himself at the start of the innings. Rohit became the only player to score over 500 runs in successive ODI World Cup campaigns.
“But like see for me what is important is because I start the innings, there is a bit of freedom there for me to go and express myself but you must have seen in that game against England where I had to change my game a little bit once we lost a few wickets and then I had to change my game a little bit. I’m prepared to do that as well,” Rohit added.
The captain of the Indian cricket team emphasized the significance of experienced players being able to adjust themselves according to the needs of the match. He also mentioned his readiness to take on any role required by the team during a game. Rohit Sharma has successfully led India to 10 consecutive victories in the ongoing World Cup.
“That is what the experienced player needs to do. You can’t just think that you have to play one way. You have to adapt quickly and knowing the situations that are there in front of you. So, I am prepared to do whatever role I feel at that point is right for the team. So, I have prepared my game, prepared my tactics around that. So, I am pretty clear in what I want to do as a batsman,” said Rohit.