The Indian team is prepared for the encounter against Pakistan, according to the skipper. Hitman also discussed the climate in Melbourne. He claimed that the local climate is always shifting. All match-related situations are anticipated by the teams.
On Sunday at the T20 World Cup, India and Pakistan will play a fantastic game (23 October). There is no pressure on Team India about the match against Pakistan, according to Rohit Sharma, who stated that before this game on Saturday. Also, all the players are fully fit for the match. According to sources, Mohammed Shami is still not entirely fit and may be unable to compete in the first match. In response, Rohit categorically rejected these reports. The Indian captain further stated that not winning the ICC trophy in nine years is a major disappointment. We are disappointed, but the team is ready this time.
The Indian captain stated that the team is well prepared to face Pakistan. Hitman also discussed the weather in Melbourne. He stated that the weather here changes constantly. During the game, teams are prepared for any eventuality that may arise. At the same time, he refused to comment on the controversy surrounding India’s upcoming trip to Pakistan. Rohit stated that it is the BCCI’s responsibility to monitor this.
Excerpts from Rohit’s press conference:
Question: Will the toss be more significant?
Rohit: The toss will be crucial. For a very long time, I have heard about the weather in Melbourne when I awoke this morning, it was raining. Later, it gradually became sunny. The weather is changing. Watch what transpires on game day. We are ready for 20-20 match. The team is prepared, even if the overs are brief. Recently, we competed in an eight-over battle with Australia. Our planning is excellent in every way.
Question: Should India travel to Pakistan?
Rohit: The T20 World Cup is my sole focus. I’m not considering it. The BCCI will decide on this.
Question: Would a 5-over match be appropriate in a World Cup event?
Rohit: A 40-over game draws spectators. Both the players and the audience are unhappy if the game goes five over. God already knows what the weather will be like tomorrow. Although a whole match would be preferable, we must be ready for any eventualities.
Question: Is this the most important match of your career?
Rohit: I’m captaining this match, so it’s a big deal for me, but I always go out to win for my nation. Whether in 2007 or 2022. It is important to play for India. It’s a great honour for me. I’m not going to pay attention to these things on the field tomorrow.
Question: What part will spinners play in the World Cup?
Rohit: We have talked about this. This is something we’re keeping an eye on. It will change things, but the players must play better.
Question: Are all the players completely fit? What will be the playing-11?
Rohit: Yes, all the players are completely fit for the match. Before the game, we will choose the starting eleven. If it is necessary to alter the starting 11 for each game in accordance with the circumstances, we will do so.
Question: Is India under pressure because it isn’t winning the ICC trophy?
It’s the challenge, not the pressure, says Rohit. We struggled in the important games. I believe opportunities do come. When those situations arise, we must do better. It’s a big deal when you go nine years without winning an ICC tournament. We find this disappointing. From the Indian team, there are always expectations. With this competition, we have a chance to alter that. This time, we’ll play a decent game. One match at a time will be taken into consideration.
Question: Will there be a batting and bowling contest in Melbourne?
Rohit: It will be known only after the match tomorrow. We know Pakistan’s bowling is good and our batting is. This creates a good atmosphere. We are aware that Pakistan’s bowling will be challenging. The batsman for Team India is prepared for it. We have discussed in the team what kind of batting and what style of bowling to use.
Question: What was the major issue following the T20 World Cup in 2021?
Rohit: Giving the players liberty was the most crucial factor. It was crucial to offer them a sense of security within the team. On this, work has been done. This gives confidence to the players. In the past 12 months, we haven’t given the results any attention. We practiced playing without fear as a team.
Question: Is there any pressure regarding the Pakistan match?
Rohit: There is always pressure, but think of it as a challenge, says Rohit. This Pakistani team is competent. Any team can lose to them. They defeated us in the most recent World Cup while playing wonderfully.
Question: This World Cup has seen a lot of highs and lows. If your team is the favorite against Pakistan, can there be any upside down?
Rohit: I don’t believe in these favorites or the weak. Such things always happen from outside. You saw what happened in the qualifiers. You need to think about the match.
Question: The large boundary line is a topic of much conversation. What are your thoughts on this?
Rohit: The team and I have discussed this. On a similar surface, we practiced in Perth. Dubai has a ground like this. Indian teams have played a lot of games on such fields recently. How to utilize wide boundaries has been discussed by the batting and bowling teams. Instead of playing more fours and sixes on such a surface, you should concentrate on singles or doubles.