Despite India failing to win 2022 Asia Cup in UAE, captain Rohit Sharma is clear that his team will continue their attacking approach with the bat, leading them to bilateral series wins and making it clear that if the approach doesn’t come to an end given day, they’ll have a plan in hand as they begin their build-up to the Men’s T20 World Cup on Tuesday with the first T20I against Australia.
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“We will continue to play like that. Because that’s something we said clearly at the beginning and everyone is quite comfortable with that. At the same time, we know our second line of defence, what is it if we get into trouble.” We spend a lot of time talking about these things. Guys are very clear: if we’re three for 50 or 50 with no loss, how to do our business when hitting, we’re very clear on that and have been discussed at a length.”
“It’s just about going in and running it. If you see our Asian Cup hitting style, we’ve posted about 170 in almost every match. The par, I mean except for that one match against Sri Lanka, around 173 where we failed to defend. You saw our match against Pakistan too. It went to the wire with the final finishes. So it could have gone either way. So we weren’t really worried about what happened there,” Rohit said in the press conference .
Rohit went on to say that at big events like the World Cup, some luck must be on their side and revealed that there will be a review meeting after the series against South Africa ends.
“Honestly, we played good cricket. When you play a tournament like that, you also need a bit of luck. I’m not saying 100% luck, but five percent or even ten percent, which is what I expect during the World Cup in toss, run -outs. What I mean is that rub of green should also go your way in World Cup. That approach of ours has brought us a lot of success. We trust that the players will go out and play like that which they have achieved while they did. So it’s a great sign and we’re really happy about it.”
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“We will have an assessment after the South Africa series on how everything has gone over the last 10 months and what we have to do at the World Cup. Of course we believe in a lot of analysis, if we try to do something, how is it for us unpacked? All those things would be rated pretty well.”
In the series against Australia, India welcomes backtempo duo Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, who missed the Asian Cup due to injuries. While Australia is reigning world champions and South Africa has shown in recent times that they cannot be taken lightly, Sharma is wary of tough challenges from the two teams and wants to learn more about his players against strengths in these six matches .