October 3, 2022
With 6 games left before T20 World Cup, Rohit Sharma wants players to step out of comfort zone


With the T20 World Cup squad already selected, India captain Rohit Sharma wants his players to step out of their comfort zones and open up about their game in the six home matches against Australia and South Africa ahead of next month’s ICC showpiece. find things. Rohit feels that players can now take the risk of increasing their ‘limits’ without the pressure of selection. The management will rest players like Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh in the six matches but overall they will have a full squad.

Rohit’s remarks came in the backdrop of his Asia Cup campaign in which the team management experimented and faced criticism for the same.

Before the series, Rohit said, “I wanted to bring security to the team, so we announced squads for both the series before the World Cup (Australia and South Africa). We didn’t have the same team even in the Asia Cup.” opener against australia

“In these six sports we want to keep trying what we can achieve with different genres. It’s trying to find ways to go out and explore ourselves but there are no limits to trying new things. You Can propel himself in many directions to achieve a lot for the team.” Virat Kohli went out of his comfort zone during the Asia Cup and played a rare sweep shot and Rohit wants the bowlers to push their limits too.

“We will continue to encourage people to be more expressive. For example someone who doesn’t play reverse sweep can play it and see if he can get it right. Someone can hit the ground That is, things that you are not comfortable doing, you do that and see what happens.

“When you go to the World Cup you should have all these answers. For bowlers, they can try to open the spell with a yorker or a bouncer,” the captain said.

After an early exit from the T20 World Cup last year, India were forced to change their batting approach and Rohit said the team would continue to play aggressively and if it lost early wickets, a back up plan would be in place. Is.

“We will continue to play like this. It is something that we said quite clearly at the beginning of our (captain tenure) and everyone is comfortable with that. Also we know our second line defense if We are in trouble. We spend a lot of time talking about these things,” he said.

“Guys are very clear how we need to bat if we are 10 for three. If we score 50 runs without any loss, then how do we need to bat. These are discussed in detail, It’s just about executing.” India had won the first two matches against Pakistan and Hong Kong but were knocked out of the Asia Cup by losing to Babar Azam and his men and Sri Lanka in the Super Four stage.

Rohit said, “If you also look at our Asia Cup performance, we have scored equal or equal in every match except one match against Sri Lanka, where we got 173 runs which was a good score.”

“We had close games against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Super 4, it could have gone either way. You need a little luck too. Hopefully we get to that in the World Cup.” Talking more about the batting style, Rohit said: “This approach of ours has given us a lot of confidence that we can go out and play like that. It’s a good sign.

“After these six matches, we will have another review meeting of the last 10 months and see what we need to do in the World Cup,” Rohit said.

Under Mohammed Shami with COVID-19, the famous Krishna’s injury and Mohammad Siraj playing county cricket in England, Umesh Yadav has been brought back into T20Is.

Coming in as Shami’s replacement, Rohit said that Umesh was a mediocre selection considering his rich experience and ability to swing the ball in the powerplays.

India’s bowling in the Asia Cup fell short in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. Now that Bumrah is back and the team has been selected with full force, Rohit is happy with the look of the bowling department.

The captain was particularly impressed by Arshdeep Singh’s run in the Asia Cup.

The way Arshdeep bowled was very impressive. The way he bowled yorkers under extreme pressure in his first year of international cricket has not been easy.

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“He is a very smart guy and keeps things simple. We needed a left-arm fast bowler and he did well in the IPL and then he came here and did well. We always wanted variety in our attack,” he said. And now we have.”

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