Rohit: ‘I want to get into the phase I was in before the 2019 World Cup’



Rohit Sharma Wants to “shut out” the weight of external pressures and expectations as he leads the host nation into the World Cup. When the tournament last came to India in 2011, Rohit endured a “heartbreak” as he did not make the final 15-man squad. After twelve years, this might be Rohit’s last shot at World Cup glory.

“For me, it’s important how I keep myself relaxed and not worry about external factors that play a role, whether positively or negatively,” Rohit told PTI in a recent interview. “I want to close everything. I want to be at the level I was in before the 2019 World Cup. I was in a great frame of mind and prepared really well for the tournament.”

Rohit Top of the run chart, scored 648 runs and five centuries in the tournament. He attributes much of that success to his mindset at the time, and is looking to recreate something similar as he prepares for the 2023 edition.

“I was in good shape, good mind,” he said. “I want to bring it back and I have time to do it. I’m trying to remember what were the right things I was doing before the 2019 World Cup as a cricketer and as a person. I want to revisit that thought process of mine.”

Captains are often asked about legacy before the World Cup. Rohit was also questioned about this. There is no doubt that he will go down as one of India’s best ODI openers, but what about the captaincy? Rohit has been a successful IPL captain, leading Mumbai Indians to five titles, but is yet to win silverware in an ICC tournament. Rohit, however, thinks otherwise.

“I’m not a person who thinks about what kind of legacy I’m going to leave,” he said. “My legacy will be for people to judge and talk, not for me to say. I’m not a firm believer in numbers. You should be happy and enjoy the time you have ahead of you and try to live in that moment.”

Rohit’s immediate challenge as captain will be to do well in the Asia Cup. He will attend the World Cup squad selection meeting sometime next week. Rohit insisted on giving clarity on where the players stand as India build into the tournament.

While picking the best combination, there will be guys who miss out for various reasons and Rahul brother [Dravid] And I tried my best to explain to the players why they are not in the squad,” he said. “We tried to contact the players after every selection and announced XI. We talk to them face to face, why they were not selected.

“Sometimes I try to put myself in their shoes. When I wasn’t picked in 2011, it was a heartbreaking moment for me and I felt what was left after being left out of the World Cup squad. If someone misses out, there’s a Because. If you’re miserable, there’s nothing we can do.”

How did he deal with his own exclusion in 2011?

“I was sad and sat in my room, and didn’t know what to do next,” recalls Rohit. Yuvi remembers [Yuvraj Singh] He called me to his room for dinner. He explained to me what it feels like when you are left out. He told me, ‘The best thing is that you have so many years ahead of you. As we play in the World Cup, you can use this opportunity to work hard on your game, skills and comebacks. There is no way you won’t play for India or get a chance to play in the World Cup.’


“I went back to the drawing board, worked hard and right after the World Cup, I made a comeback and it’s been good since then. Because this is me, who has gone through this emotion, no one can tell me that it’s easier said than done. I said the World Cup. Faced with being left out of the squad and I know exactly how it feels.”

While saying this, Rohit also admitted that there was a risk of some backfiring even with certain selection calls but insisted that things were done with the best interest of the team in mind.

“I, the coach and the selectors consider all factors like the opposition, the surface, our strengths, their weaknesses and then arrive at a common ground,” he said. “There’s every chance we won’t always be perfect. At the end of the day, some people make decisions, and we’re bound to make mistakes as humans. We won’t always be right.”

India concluded their six-day Asia Cup camp in Bangalore on August 29 They will then fly to Sri Lanka where they will play Pakistan on September 2 The last time India won the Asia Cup was held in the 50-over format, in 2018. In that sense, India has a title to defend. For Rohit, however, the goals are quite different.

“For me, it’s all about making memories and building a good relationship with my teammates. Be happy with what you get and everything you get.”




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