India skipper Rohit Sharma has said he is excited about playing his first World Cup as a captain. The 35-year-old is set to lead India in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, with the opening match scheduled against rivals Pakistan on October 23.
Rohit Sharma says he’s excited about first World Cup as captain (PTI)
By India Today Web Desk: India skipper Rohit Sharma has said he is excited about playing his first World Cup as a captain. The 35-year-old is set to lead India in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, with the opening match scheduled against rivals Pakistan on October 23.
Speaking with BCCI, Sharma said he is excited to feature in his first World Cup as captain of India, and added that the team is pumped for the tournament.
“Firstly, this is a big honour. This is going to be my first World Cup as captain. I am pretty excited about that. Also, it gives us a great opportunity to come here and do something really special. Every time you come for the World Cup, it’s a great feeling. The boys are quite pumped up. We had a great prep in Perth,” said Sharma.
The opening batter went on to insist that the team has made an effort to not talk about the event too much and remain focused on the task at hand.
“As I said, the World Cup is the World Cup, it’s a big event. But at the same time, we have made a constant practice of not talking too much about it because it’s important to be in the present and think about what you need to do on that particular day. And that will allow us and help us to execute what we want to do on the game day,” Sharma added.
Sharma said playing in Australia is a completely different challenge and the team has to get used to the conditions as quickly as possible.
“It’s a great feeling. Obviously, we have come off two wins but that was at home obviously. Australia will be a different challenge. It was important for us to get used to the Australian conditions. Few of the guys have not come to Australia before so we wanted to come here a little early and get used to the conditions. When I look at the whole group, they are pretty excited,” said Sharma.
After India’s warm-up match against New Zealand was called off due to rain, the men in blue will focus on their heavyweight clash against rivals Pakistan on October 23.