Long way to go for T20 World Cup, need to focus on winning the series: Rohit Sharma ahead of third T20I
The T20I series between India and West Indies is currently locked at 1-1.
A lot is being said and heard about the T20 World Cup and it is quite understandable. The marquee event is less than a year away and the teams must have started planning for it. However, for India star Rohit Sharma, the situation is a bit different. The India ODI and T20I vice-captain reckons that the T20 World Cup is still a long long way ahead as he said the team is just focussing on the upcoming game against West Indies.
India will take on the reigning T20 world champions in Mumbai on Wednesday in the third and final game of the series. The series is currently locked at 1-1 after West Indies stunned the hosts by eight wickets in the second game. The visitors came up with a solid all-round performance in the must-win clash.
Despite a blazing fifty from Shivam Dube, West Indies managed to restrict their fancied opponents to a modest 170 for 7. An unbeaten fifty from Lendl Simmons and a cameo from others then helped West Indies chase down the total by losing just two wickets and with nine balls remaining. In the series-opener, India had chased down a record 208 to draw the first blood.
All eyes on third T20I
As both the teams gear up for the series finale, Rohit Sharma made it clear that the team has only the game on its mind and not the T20 World Cup. The star batsman made it clear that winning the series will be the best for the team for the time being.
“See, I don’t want to keep saying that we are trying to build a squad for the (T20) World Cup. It is still a long long way ahead,” Rohit Sharma told the media on Tuesday while adding, “We just need to focus on winning the series and that will keep us in a good state, moving forward.”
Talking about the team selection for the 2020 World T20, Rohit said that the players must keep doing the right things on the field and the squad composition will take care of itself automatically. “If we keep winning games, keep doing the right things on the field, the composition of the team will take care (by itself),” he said.