Mumbai: Rohit Sharma may have 31 ODI hundreds in his kitty but the Indian skipper is the last person to play the game for personal milestones or satisfaction, said the legendary Sunil Gavaskar ahead of the World Cup semi-final all-or -nothing India vs New Zealand on Wednesday.
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Rohit is currently India’s second highest scorer in this tournament after Virat Kohli, amassing 503 in nine matches at an average of 55.88 and a strike rate of 121.49, including a ton and three fifties.
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“Well, I don’t think Rohit Sharma will change his game as he is playing during this tournament. He was not concerned about any personal milestones or milestones,” Sunil Gavaskar told ‘Star Sports’.
“He wants to start the team because that puts pressure on the opposition and gives his team the platform from which they can take advantage of the other 40,” Gavaskar analyzed the skipper’s approach Indian.
“So, in the first 8 -10 overs, he’s going back to bowling a lot and he’s putting the opposition on the back foot with that attacking batting. He also has a very talented partner in the form of Shubman Gill, who is no note behind him. He’s almost matching him stroke for stroke,” he said.
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The dew could be a positive factor in the semi-finals, said the former Indian skipper.
“Well, if you have a good bowling attack like India did, it doesn’t matter if they are bowling first or second. Obviously, if they’re bowling, secondly, it’s going to help as we’ve seen with a bit of dew coming in, the ball flies to the wicketkeeper a bit quicker.
“So, it will definitely help the three new-ball spinners in the Indian line-up, and it also helps a spinner like Kuldeep Yadav to get the ball off the surface quicker as well,” he further explained.
“It’s special to be back playing on home ground”
Rohit, along with Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav, would take the Mumbai lads’ tally in the Indian side to three during their semi-final clash at the Wankhede.
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On the same note, Gavaskar declared that it would be a special feeling for the trio, especially in front of their family and friends.
“I think it’s special to be back playing on your home ground, and for these three boys too, they’ve played so much of their cricket at the Wankhede stadium.”
“It will be very special because the crowd will be there and their families will be there, and when you know everyone you grew up playing cricket with, maybe in the sticks or in the gutters, they will all be there, it makes it that much more special.”
“And, you want, therefore, to do well for those people, and when you go back at the end of the day to be affected by those same people, that’s an unforgettable feeling,” said he.
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