Ahead Team India’s crucial Super 12 match against Scotland, opening batsman Rohit Sharma explained why teamwork is more important than individual brilliance in cricket. The 34-year-old also stated that when his team does not win a trophy, then “all those runs you score, all those hundreds you score, honestly mean nothing”. The Indian vice-captain spoke to ICC’s official social media handle about how his job has always been the same in his playing career because he put the team ahead of himself.
“2016 to now, all I can see is of course that I have gained a lot of experience. I have become much more mature as a batsman than I was in 2016. Understanding the game, what the team needs because you “always have to put the team in front of you and see what the team needs at that stage. Try to take a moment or two and think if I’m going to play a shot, that’s what the team needs at this stage.” he said.
“When you start the innings for your team, you have the best opportunity to score maximum balls. You get as many runs as possible and therefore you see the number of hundreds scored in T20 around the world must go through the top three batsmen. “So yes, my job remains the same,” he added.
Team India is currently in a precarious position in the ongoing T20 World Cup, having won just one of three matches so far. The outfit led by Virat Kohli started their campaign with a defeat against Pakistan and got stuck with another defeat against New Zealand.
In their third match, they clinched their first victory of the campaign and defeated Afghanistan by 66 runs on Wednesday. The Men in Blue tackle Scotland in their upcoming match on Friday in Dubai and will aim to keep their dwindling semi-final hopes alive.
During his interaction with ICC, the top batsman also explained that nowadays it is easier to register for centuries due to the evolving nature of the game. The captain of the Mumbai Indians (MI) has been asked about the 2019 World Cup, where India dropped out of the semi-finals against New Zealand. Meanwhile, he also revealed that his records or runs do not really matter if the team does not win the trophy in the end.
“Many hundreds have been recorded these days. It’s all because of the nature of the game and what’s evolved over the years. You know people went out fearlessly to play and did not think about what if they came out. It actually did for many teams worked, including us, ”he said.
“Yes, 2019 World Cup was a very special one for me personally. Only because I got runs and it was good. There was a procedure I tried to follow and it worked for me. It was luck. You know when you go to any tournament, there’s a certain plan put in place by you and you want to follow it. That’s what I did and it worked for me. If you do not win the trophy, all those runs you record, all those hundreds you record honestly mean nothing, ”he concluded.