Aggressive Rohit ready to adapt in pursuit of World Cup glory

Rohit Sharma will lead India in the Cricket World Cup final against Australia tonight.
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Rohit Sharma’s explosive batting has troubled opponents during India’s 10-match winning streak at the World Cup, but the skipper said on Saturday that would change if the team needed a different approach in the final against Australia .

Rohit has scored 550 runs in the tournament – including 354 in the first 10 matches – but the powerful right-hander has shown he can also anchor, as he did in his 101-ball 87 against England after India slide to 40-. 3 inside 12 overs.

“Before the start of the World Cup, I wanted to play in a certain way. I had no idea if it’s going to come off … what if it doesn’t? I had plans for both,” said Rohit reporters in a packed press conference room ahead of Sunday’s final.

“For me the important thing is because I start the innings, there is a bit of freedom to go and express myself. But in that game against England I had to change my game a bit when we lost a few wickets. I am willing to do that. that’s as well.

“That’s what the experienced player has to do. You can’t think that you have to play one way. You have to adapt quickly knowing the situations that are in front of you. I’m happy whatever I feel like doing what’s right. for the team.”

Rohit refused to be drawn on whether his team had developed an aura similar to the all-powerful 2003 Australian team that overcame India in the final in Johannesburg to lift the third of their five World Cup titles.

“Look, I don’t believe in that aura. You have to hit the ground running and play good cricket,” said Rohit, whose side are in contention for a third crown.

“It’s important to have confidence in such games. We played 10 games well. But again, if you make mistakes tomorrow, then whatever good work you did in those 10 games, it’s wasted .”

Australia lost their opening two matches but went on an eight-match winning run to arrive at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium for the title clash in red-hot form.

Rohit emphasized the importance of staying calm and staying true to the no-lose approach with which India started their campaign against Australia in Chennai.

“Just going there and keeping it nice and easy, calm,” said Rohit, a mindset he also needed in his news conference, which was frequently interrupted by cell phone calls.

“I said it will be nice to win the World Cup. In the same way, I want to say it again now. It will be nice to do it because we worked hard for it.

“We don’t want to get too carried away … we don’t want to put too much pressure on him. It’s going to be a very nice balanced atmosphere and balanced thinking at this point.”

-REUTERS

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