Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, said he isn’t planning too far ahead for the ODI World Cup 2023, but he does believe he and head coach Rahul Dravid have a “good notion” of how to approach the world cup final, which will take place in India.
In October and November, India will host the quadrennial competition, and many people think the Men in Blue still haven’t figured out how to win ODI matches.
Rohit made it clear that there is still time until they begin thinking explicitly about the World Cup when asked if the squad will begin World Cup preparations with the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.
“Every time you play a game, it’s preparing for something. The World Cup is still 8-9 months (10 months) from now. We can’t think so far ahead. We need to keep an eye on what we need to do as a team,” Rohit told media persons ahead of the first ODI.
Rohit Sharma warned that planning forward too soon won’t be helpful but also made it clear that the team’s thought tank is aware of the path it needs to go.
“It is critical that we do not overthink things. As if we needed to play this guy or that guy. Our coach (Dravid) and I have a good concept of what to do. We’ll narrow it down as we go closer to the World Cup “he said
“We have to keep up the intensity”: Rohit Sharma
With this Bangladesh series, several players, like wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, would be on the road for more than 2.5 months, and the captain emphasized the need for workload management. The captain acknowledged that there is a lot of cricket being played right now and it won’t stop. The group and those close to it must act appropriately.
“As professionals, we must maintain the intensity. Yes, there is a lot of cricket, which is why we give them breaks. And fans must understand that when we give players a break, it is just to manage the workload while keeping the broader picture in mind” Rohit Sharma said.
“Cricket is not going away. There will always be a lot of cricket, and we must manage our players. You want your best players to play at a high level all the time. So it is critical to give them breaks and manage them because freshness is essential,” Rohit explained.
India will face Bangladesh in the opening match of the three-match ODI series here on Sunday (December 4).