Indian head coach Rahul Dravid said before his team’s ICC T20 World Cup game against South Africa that captain Rohit Sharma’s calm temperament benefits the team and that he is open to ideas and suggestions from others.
On Sunday, India will face South Africa in the ICC T20 World Cup Group 2, Super 12 match in Perth.
“He is quite relaxed, which helps the group. He is open to suggestions and ideas. We have built a good, relaxed relationship where we challenge each other and push each other.
“My job is to support him and his vision and to give him some space to focus on his own game as well. His playing well is good for us, he is a class player. If he is playing well, we are going to be a competitive side,” said Dravid in a video posted by ICC.
Rohit expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to compete for his nation for the eighth consecutive time.
“Not everyone experiences it. I’m incredibly fortunate and honored. I’ve grown as a player and now know what my teammates expect of me in both my role as captain and as a player. It’s been a long trip, but I’ve liked it and I’m hoping for more,” he continued.
“Rohit Sharma gives you enough freedom”: Hardik Pandya
The Indian Premier League (IPL) teammate Rohit has advanced significantly as a captain, as per star all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who played alongside Rohit for the Mumbai Indians.
“He gives you enough freedom and takes the onus of his things. He tells us to do what we want to do and he will back in case of failure,” he added.
The Proteas defeated Bangladesh by a score of 104 runs before the match. India, on the other side, triumphed by 56 runs in its prior game against the Netherlands.
India leads Group 2 with four points after winning both of its games. With three points and one victory in two games, the Proteas are in third place. Their previous matchup with Zimbabwe ended in a tie, with each team earning a point.
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