Rohit: ‘We haven’t got the results in World Cups but that doesn’t mean we were playing bad cricket’

India have not received a T20 World Cup since their success within the inaugural version in 2007. Within the final version, they could not qualify for the knockouts regardless of being one of many favourites. However, in response to Rohit Sharma, that isn’t proof of the workforce’s “conservative” strategy within the format. Nonetheless, he mentioned that the workforce administration has now given the gamers the liberty to play freely.

“We’ve not acquired the leads to the World Cups however that does not imply we had been enjoying dangerous cricket for thus a few years,” Rohit mentioned the day earlier than the primary T20I in opposition to West Indies. “I do not agree that we had been enjoying conservative cricket. In case you lose an odd recreation within the World Cup, it appears we had been doing issues mistaken and we did not take possibilities. However when you look [at it], we received in all probability 80% [71%] of our video games main into the World Cup. In case you are conservative, you will not win these many video games.

“Sure, we did not qualify [for the knockouts in 2021], however that occurs. It doesn’t suggest we weren’t enjoying freely. These days additionally we have not made any such adjustments; we’re enjoying in the identical method however we now have given the liberty to the gamers to play their recreation. As a result of when you play freely, you’ll get the performances.

“So those that are exterior ought to have persistence. The way in which we’re enjoying, there shall be failures and the outcomes could not all the time go our method. However that does not imply the gamers are usually not adequate, or the workforce will not be adequate. It is simply that we try to do one thing new. With time, everybody has to alter. We’re altering and people on the surface also needs to change the best way they suppose.”

“I’m certain he’ll begin his work quickly, will begin speaking to the gamers and get their ideas as nicely. And yeah, we’re very excited to have him within the squad. I genuinely really feel that he could make a distinction on this workforce”

Rohit Sharma on Paddy Upton

One technique to make gamers bat freely, Rohit mentioned, was to ask them to bat as in the event that they had been enjoying for his or her franchises or state groups, and never suppose an excessive amount of in regards to the outcomes.

“We are able to discuss method and all throughout the preparation however within the match, gamers must be given the liberty,” he mentioned. “We’re telling them to play the best way they play for his or her franchise or state. There they do not take a lot stress, so right here additionally they should do the identical. After all, worldwide cricket has a unique stress however it’s our [the team management’s] job to scale back that stress and, if doable, fully remove it. So we try to provide the boys that setting the place they play freely and do not suppose an excessive amount of about their efficiency.”

One other factor the workforce is specializing in is creating the best setting. They’ve introduced again psychological conditioning coach Paddy Upton, whose inclusion, Rohit felt, may “make a distinction”.

“On the sector, we anyway play as a unit, however additionally it is essential that off the sector too gamers keep collectively, have enjoyable collectively, pull one another’s legs,” he mentioned. “That is one thing which creates a superb workforce setting. So our focus is on that as nicely, how we are able to maintain the setting mild and revel in ourselves.

“I feel his [Upton’s] inclusion within the squad will assist all of us. He has acquired a lot expertise working with completely different groups at completely different locations. He will certainly deliver the psychological aspect of the sport into the image. He has labored with the Indian workforce earlier than. He was a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning workforce and he has had some success in franchise cricket as nicely.

“He is aware of lots of our gamers as nicely, he has labored with them intently. The psychological aspect of the sport, as we all know, could be very, essential. Together with his expertise, together with his ideology, I feel it will assist us.

“It is [only] his second or third day with the workforce. He’s in all probability simply observing the fellows he hasn’t labored with. I’m certain he’ll begin his work quickly, will begin speaking to the gamers and get their ideas as nicely. And yeah, we’re very excited to have him within the squad. I genuinely really feel that he could make a distinction on this workforce.”

Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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