New Delhi (HS). Captain Rohit Sharma, who played a key role in India’s win against Afghanistan, stressed on not worrying about “external factors” ahead of their upcoming clash against Pakistan in the ongoing World Cup.
Thanks to Rohit’s 131 runs, India registered an easy victory against Afghanistan by 8 wickets on Wednesday. Both India and Pakistan have won two consecutive matches in the ongoing World Cup and will look to continue this sequence.
After India’s win, Rohit stressed on not focusing on factors that are not in his control and said, “In the World Cup you need to respond with different styles of play. Before the match against Pakistan, we do not want to worry about external factors, we will play each match accordingly considering the pitch, conditions and combinations etc.”
He also talked about the overall performance of the team as well as the importance of the win and said, “It was a good win for us. It is important to gain rhythm in the beginning. You will be pressured. This will happen. We have to handle the pressure and we have handled it well. For now, we have to leave what happened aside and move forward. You have players with different skill sets who bring different qualities, which is good for the team. We have batsmen who play freely and fearlessly. When you have all-rounders, things fall into place.”
Finally, he talked about the records that he broke during his brilliant inning of 131 runs. Rohit said that he is not focusing on personal accolades and is focusing on the World Cup.
He said, “It was a good pitch for batting. I was supporting myself to play my natural game. Knew that once I set my sights the wicket would become easy. This is something I’ve been working on for some time. Scoring a century in the World Cup is special. Very happy about this. Don’t want to think too much about records because I know there’s still a long way to go. I just want to count such days. Some of my games are predetermined, can’t just go out and hit big shots. Sometimes, you go by instinct. It is a mixture of both. I know it is my responsibility to give the team a good start and put the team in a good position. It’s something I’ve done for a while and I love. I want to support myself to keep trying and put pressure on the opponent.”
India will take on Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
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