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Rohit Sharma, reflecting on the 2023 World Cup heartbreak, said he plans to focus on playing his best and uniting the team in the T20 World Cup 2024.

Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma has vowed to lead his team with a fresh mindset at the 2024 T20 World Cup, aiming to end the nation’s ICC trophy drought that stretches back to 2013. Reflecting on the narrow defeat to Australia in the 2023 Cricket World Cup final, Rohit acknowledged the emotional toll but emphasized the importance of moving forward.

“I have thought a lot about this thing. I am just going to go and play the way I can and get everyone together to play as a team. I will be focusing on that. Everyone in the team have their own way of dealing with tournaments like World Cup and I’m sure they’ll take the right calls as well,” he said.

Rohit’s strategy for the upcoming World Cup is to take things one day at a time, focusing on the immediate task without overthinking and adding unnecessary pressure.

“But for me, it’s important not to look too far ahead. Just think about what we need to do tomorrow, play the game well and then take it from there. Not think too much and put pressure on yourself,” he added.

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Rohit Sharma is also enthusiastic about the unique opportunity to play in New York, a city where cricket’s presence is growing.

“We never thought cricket in America will be played at any given stage. But now that we are here, it’s a different feeling, right? From the time you arrived in New York, pending only 10 minutes at immigration, which is very rare, doesn’t happen,” Rohit said.

“So you can make out that the buzz is there, even the locals here are quite intrigued by a cricket tournament happening, a world cup happening here, because we go to the cafes and all, there are a lot of locals who come there and wish us the best. We’ve been to Florida, but this is different. All of us who are playing here we will try to leave a mark on this city and the people of US as well,” he concluded.

India’s warm-up match against Bangladesh offered a glimpse of the challenging drop-in pitches at the New York stadium, where they will face tougher tests ahead. The low bounce and slow nature of the wicket, which saw Sri Lanka bowled out for just 77 in a match against South Africa, is expected to pose difficulties for Indian batters. The upcoming game is crucial for the team to assess their readiness before the high-stakes encounter with Pakistan.

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Last Updated on June 5, 2024

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