Indian white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma has lauded the International Cricket Council (ICC) for spacing out the world events nicely as he feels that it doesn’t dilute the charm of World Cups and keeps the passion among fans intact.
The 7th edition of the ICC T20 World Cup will take place later this year in India. And, while it will be the first T20 World Cup after a gap of five years, there have been a couple of ICC events that have taken place since then.
The year 2017 and 2019 saw the staging of the Champions Trophy and 50-over World Cup in England. The year 2020 was originally scheduled to feature ICC T20 World Cup in Australia but it had to be postponed due to Covid.
With the upcoming ICC event set to take place on home soil, Rohit Sharma said that he and the entire team is looking forward to it. However, he asserted that there remains a lot of work to be done until the event.
“Look obviously if you don’t play the World Cup, you definitely miss it. But in between, we played 50 over World Cup which was in 2019. It’s for ICC to decide there can’t be too much of the World Cup also. So they have spaced it out nicely between 2016 and 2021, there was a 50-over world cup in between,” said Rohit Sharma during the virtual press-conference.
“So, it’s nice for the fans also to look forward to something because it’s not every second year you are playing the World Cup, otherwise the charm of the World Cup goes away. The freshness of the World Cup remains and it’s gonna be an exciting World Cup as it is being played in India. We are all looking forward to that but before that, we still have a lot of work to do.” he added.
Rohit Sharma will be making a return to the Indian white-ball team after a gap of a year.
The swashbuckling opener missed out on the ODI series in New Zealand and the entire white-ball leg in Australia due to injury.
“I have played more than 100 T20Is now. You should know my approach as of now, how I approach the game. I don’t need to talk about the approach. I have done it for many years. But yes the situation changes every now and then and based on the situation, I have to change my game,” he added.
“It is very important for me to understand that situation and play according to whether we bat first or bowl first. Keeping that in mind I will take my game forward.” he said.
The five-match T20I series between India and England kickstarts from March 12 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.