"I'm fully aware of the stakes," declares India's captain, Rohit.


“I’m fully aware of the stakes,” declares India’s captain, Rohit.

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On October 4, 2023, in Ahmedabad, India, Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian cricket team, expressed his awareness of the high stakes involved in the upcoming World Cup but emphasized that he and his team would not be overwhelmed by the weight of expectations from their home crowd.

India’s journey in the tournament commences with a match against the five-time champions, Australia, in Chennai on Sunday. As fervent cricket fans across India pin their hopes on the team to break their world title drought since the 2013 Champions Trophy, Rohit Sharma shared his thoughts.

It’s worth noting that India last claimed the 50-over World Cup on home soil in 2011, following their 1983 victory in England. Rohit Sharma spoke at a captains’ press conference in Ahmedabad, stating, “I understand the significance of this competition, and so do my teammates. Every member of this team comprehends what is at stake.”

He continued, “Our focus right now is to give our all and concentrate on our team’s objectives. We won’t be burdened by the weight of expectations because it’s something that will always be there.”

Rohit emphasized the need for the team to remain focused on their goals, regardless of the opponents or external distractions. He said, “We won’t concern ourselves with our opponents or what’s happening elsewhere. It’s time for us to isolate ourselves a bit and concentrate on our team’s objectives.”

Addressing the transition in captaincy from former captain Virat Kohli, who had taken the team to great heights but faced criticism for not winning a world title, Rohit Sharma played down the pressure of leading a team with millions of passionate fans in India.

“These players are well-acquainted with handling pressure, whether it’s playing in India or abroad,” Rohit remarked. “Pressure is an inherent aspect of a sportsman’s life. As long as you’re engaged in sports, pressure will always be there. We’ll set that aside and focus on the task at hand.”

Rohit Sharma refrained from dwelling on the fact that the last three editions of the World Cup were won by the host nation, namely India in 2011, Australia in 2015, and England in 2019.

“I’m not giving too much thought to that,” Rohit noted. “While it has been the trend in the previous three World Cup editions, all I can say is that we will do our utmost, give our best, and relish the tournament.”

The World Cup is set to commence on Thursday with a match between defending champions England and the 2019 runners-up, New Zealand, in Ahmedabad.

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