We are pretty much settled going into the World Cup, says Rohit Sharma

Rohit, who leads Mumbai Indians in the IPL, however, feels that the performances in the IPL should not be a criteria for selection for the World Cup.

Rohit Sharma and Smriti Mandhana during the launch of a cricket website in Mumbai.   -  Emmanual Yogini

The Indian squad for the World Cup is expected to be announced any time in the next couple of weeks, and seasoned campaigner, Rohit Sharma, feels that India has got a well-settled unit.

“We are pretty much settled. There are a few spots left, which everyone knows about. But again, that all depends on what the captain, the coach and the selectors think, and about the combination they want to go ahead with. Whether to go with extra seamer or extra middle-order batsman, extra opening batsman or an extra spinner,” Rohit said during the launch of cricket.com.

The vice-captain of India’s limited overs side also admitted that the conditions will play a role in England.

“Last time when we were there, the conditions were very dry and I don’t know if it’s going to be same. If it is same, then we require an extra spinner. It’s as simple as that. If not, then we can get an extra seamer,” Rohit said.

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“I think Virat and Ravi Shastri have to decide what combination they want. With their inputs, I am sure the selectors will keep an eye on what’s happening in the IPL as well,” he said.

Rohit, who leads Mumbai Indians in the IPL, however, feels that the performances in the IPL should not be a criteria for selection for the World Cup.

“We have played enough international matches and know where things stand. IPL is a different ball game, yes form matters a lot, but we have played enough international matches to know who are the players you want (in the team),” Rohit said.

With the World Cup beginning from May 30, the players will have very little time to regroup after the IPL, which is likely to be over on May 12.

But Rohit feels that shouldn’t be a problem.

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“Every time we play the IPL, there’s some big tournament or Test series happening after that. Most of the guys are used to it. Some of the guys feel that when you play a lot of games, it does help. But again, the guys who are 35-plus or 40, they obviously need some rest,” he said.

“I was talking to Jasprit (Bumrah) the other day, and he feels that he should bowl more and play a lot of matches to be in that form, so I don’t think that’s (the IPL) an issue,” Rohit said.

Last week, chairman of senior selection committee, M.S.K. Prasad, had said that the team for the World Cup will be announced ‘on or before April 20’.