India National Cricket Team captain Rohit Sharma attended a press conference ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final and he was asked about the inclusion of the veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI.
Ravichandran Ashwin was a last-minute addition to the Indian World Cup squad after Axar Patel got ruled out with an injury. The veteran off-spinner has so far featured only in one game in the World Cup, which was India’s tournament opener against the Aussies in Chennai.
There are speculations about his inclusion in the playing XI for the World Cup final in case the track produced for the game is spin-friendly. And the Indian captain was asked about the same at the pre-match press conference.
Rohit Sharma responded to the question, saying that they haven’t made the decision regarding the playing XI and will pick the team based on the conditions on the day of the game. He said:
“We haven’t decided on it. We will assess the pitch and will see it again tomorrow. Our 12-13 are decided. But we will come and see what is our strength. We will decide tomorrow.”
Leading up to every game, we have been calm and composed – Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma also said that they have been very calm in the lead-up to every game in the World Cup. He added that as an Indian cricketer, they always remain under pressure but the team management has tried to maintain a calm environment in the dressing room. He stated:
“Leading up to every game, we have been calm and composed about what we want to do. We know what the outside environment is, the expectations, and pressure. It’s important to stick to our game and this has been happening for a long time.
“We have worked on maintaining the calmness in the dressing room. Inside what they feel, I don’t know, how they’ll be feeling. But when in meetings, trainings, everyone is calm. Being an Indian cricketer, you have to deal with pressure.”
The summit clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will see a high-voltage battle between the Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and Pat Cummins-led Australia National Cricket Team at the world’s largest cricket stadium – Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad – on Sunday, November 19.