Is Rohit Sharma over-confident? Skipper calls IND vs ENG WC warm-up ‘formality’
The Indian skipper said that the team wants to look after their players after playing high intensity games this month.
Team India skipper Rohit Sharma has called the IND vs ENG World Cup warm-up game a “formality”. Rohit said that the team wants to make sure the players stay fresh before their World Cup opener against Australia on October 8.
After winning the toss at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, Indian skipper revealed the reason behind opting to bat, considering the ground’s good chasing record.
The 36-year-old said that they want to keep their bowlers fresh and don’t want them to get fatigued in hot and humid conditions in Guwahati. Rohit added that the team is coming into this game after playing 7-8 high intensity matches and now wants to stay fresh for their first World Cup game against Australia.
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“Just want to make sure that our bowlers stay fresh and bowl under the lights which is not gonna be so taxing for the bowlers”, Rohit said at the toss.
“We have been playing lot of cricket off late, so just want to make sure that we are looking after them. It (warm-up game) is a formality that we are trying to do. We want to make sure that the guys stay fresh for the 8th of October”, the Indian skipper added.
Notably, Team India is coming into the World Cup 2023 after winning Asia Cup 2023 and the 3-match ODI series against Australia.
Talking about the game, the start of the IND vs ENG has been delayed due to heavy rain in Guwahati.
England squad: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Gus Atkinson, Reece Topley
India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah