Team India captain Rohit Sharma addressed a press conference on the eve of the final of the World Cup 2023. Rohit Sharma emphasized the meticulous preparation undertaken by the Indian team for the World Cup final, highlighting the two-year journey since he assumed the captaincy.
He discussed the importance of role clarity, stating, “We tried our best to keep the mindset and roles clear.” The captain expressed confidence in the team’s preparation and aimed for a focused approach in the crucial match against Australia.
Australia’s Threat and Team Focus
Acknowledging Australia as one of the most balanced sides in the tournament, Rohit Sharma recognized their unbeaten run. He emphasized the team’s focus on their own cricket and plans, stating, “We didn’t want to worry about what kind of form they were in; rather focus on our cricket and plans.”
Sharma remained composed about the potential home advantage, asserting Australia’s readiness for any challenges posed by the pitch. Rohit Sharma provided insights into the team’s atmosphere, highlighting their calm and composed approach leading up to every game.
He commended the Indian bowlers for their outstanding performance, acknowledging the challenges of defending and chasing in the tournament. Sharma praised pacers like Bumrah, Shami, and Siraj, along with the spinners, for their significant contributions in crucial moments.
“The bowlers have done a great job for us in this tournament. We were chasing in the first four, five games and to restrict them to below 300 is not easy in India. Our pacers and spinners have been great. When we were defending as well, they were great. Bumrah, Shami, Siraj have been excellent. The same for the spinners as well when we wanted to take wickets in the middle overs,” Rohit Sharma further stated.
Dedication to Coach Rahul Dravid
Expressing gratitude towards coach Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma revealed Dravid’s massive role in providing role clarity to players. Sharma applauded Dravid’s contributions to Indian cricket, stating, “What he did for Indian cricket was massive, and he also wanted to be part of this occasion. Let’s do it for him!” The team’s dedication to winning the World Cup became a poignant tribute to their coach.
As the final approached, Rohit Sharma addressed the anticipation around the playing XI, stating, “We hadn’t decided on the XI. Anyone from the 15 could play.” He emphasized the team’s approach to assess the wicket, considering the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition before finalizing the playing XI for the grand finale against Australia.