• Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

‘Freedom to speak his mind’: Rohit Sharma’s blunt take on Ricky Ponting’s comments that Australia have an advantage in WTC final

‘Freedom to speak his mind’: Rohit Sharma’s blunt take on Ricky Ponting’s comments that Australia have an advantage in WTC final

File photo of Indian captain Rohit Sharma© AFP

The Indian cricket team is all set to take on Australia in the World Test Championship final starting on Wednesday. Captain Rohit Sharma said that every captain wants to win the title and he is no different. The test match will be played at the Oval. In the press conference, Rohit Sharma said, “Everybody wants to take the team forward. Everybody wants to win titles. Every captain wants to win championships and I am no different. The next five days are crucial for us. I want to focus on what we have in mind.”

Rohit Sharma said, “We are also very excited about the team. We know what happened in the last WTC final as well. We have played here before.”

He added, “We have been playing cricket like this for years. That’s why we talk about workload management. So, they (players) are available for important matches. To make sure everyone is fresh. Even last year we played. IPL and then we came to the UK and played one Test, three ODIs and three T20s. .

“As a team we know what we have won and when was the last time we won. We don’t have to think about that, we want to keep the pressure on and focus on the game,” said Rohit Sharma.

Rohit Sharma said, “We will have a team briefing in the evening. A lot of people have played in these conditions. They have been through these conditions before. They have faced pressure at some point. We will have a good time. Middle. I was looking at the pitch, so it will help the seamers. We will reverse swing at the end. It’s the last day to play.”

Rohit Sharma also mentioned former Aussie player Ricky Ponting who said that Australia have a slight advantage going into the WTC final. “Ricky Ponting is free to express his opinions. A lot of pundits do that and we know what is at stake,” Sharma said.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Rohit Sharma said, “Shubman Gill has played in these conditions before. He likes to bat, spend time in the middle order and face that challenge. To be honest, he doesn’t have to say too much. Gives him more and more confidence.”

Shubmam Gill scored 890 runs in 28 innings in Test cricket. His highest score was 128 against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The right-handed batsman has scored two centuries and four fifties in Test cricket. He has hit 104 boundaries and 13 sixes.

Asked about the weather, Rohit Sharma said, “The weather looks good, we will see the conditions tomorrow and then we will take a call. As a team we know what we have won and when we have won. There is no point in thinking about it and stressing, we want to focus on the game.

Asked about teammate Ashwin, Rohit Sharma said, “I’m not saying we won’t play Ashwin, we’ll take a call after seeing the conditions. The weather changes every day in England.”

Finally he said, “The last championship we played was at 10.30. It doesn’t make much of a difference in half an hour.”

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