Rohit Sharma labels World Cup final as ‘biggest moment’: ‘Prepared for this day ever since I…’
As India and Australia gear up for the mouth-watering summit clash at the world’s largest cricket stadium – Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad – on Sunday, Rohit stressed on the importance of sticking to their game and being calm and composed rather than worrying about the opposition.
“This is a huge occasion without a doubt. Whatever we have dreamt so far is here. This is the most challenging aspect for professional sportsmen as to how you keep such challenges out of your minds and keep your focus. This is the biggest moment in our careers and it is important to stay calm and composed because that is where you can execute your plans better. You don’t get to play World Cup finals daily. I have grown up watching 50-over World Cups so for me it’ll be the biggest occasion,” said Rohit on the eve of the final.
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“We have prepared for this day ever since I became the captain. We had to identify players in the last 2 years, as per the formats. We had given role clarity and lots of discussions between the captain and coach. The importance of role clarity is huge for us reaching this platform. We have tried our best to keep the mindset and roles clear. So far so good, hopefully tomorrow as well,” said Rohit.
Hailing head coach Rahul Dravid’s work behind the curtains, Rohit said that he had given everyone complete freedom to express themselves.
“Rahul bhai’s contribution has been massive. He’s given freedom and the liberty to everyone,” Rohit said.
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‘Don’t know what they’re feeling from inside’
The skipper’s advice is always well-received but he will be the first one to tell you that he doesn’t know what kind of storm is going inside each of them.
“Inside, what they feel, I can’t tell you because I’m not spending 24 hours with them. So, I don’t know how each individual will be feeling,” that was typical Rohit reply when asked if his players are able to keep calm.
But he knew one thing — the pressure is constant.
“I said, being an Indian cricketer, you have to deal with pressure. It’s going to be constant. Today we are playing, tomorrow someone else will play, the day after someone else will play. They have to deal with these kinds of pressure, criticism, and everything,” he said.
‘Some are calm, some are tensed’
Rohit had said in Chennai before India’s first game against the Aussies that it would be nice to win a World Cup. The stakes are completely different after 41 days but he wants to keep his balance intact.
“A nice, balanced atmosphere and balanced thinking at this stage will be really nice. It’s just not from me. I can sense that from every other player as well in the changing room,” he said.
“You know there’s a laugh going around in the changing room, there’s a bit of tense faces as well. I’m not going to hide that but that’s normal. That is why this sport is so exciting because you see all different kinds of emotions,” he concluded.
(With inputs from PTI)