To win the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) title under his captaincy would be a noteworthy addition to Rohit Sharma’s resume.
Australia will pose a stiff challenge, but Rohit has his sights set on the big prize. Asked what type of legacy he would like to leave as India captain, Rohit replied, “I got the (captaincy) job to make sure that we take Indian cricket forward. I want to win games; I want to win championships and titles. It will be nice if I can win one or two championships, as in when I decide to move on from this job.”
India last won an ICC title in 2013, but the barren run is not something that Rohit wants to dwell on. “The players know when India won and when they didn’t. I don’t think it is right to think about it again and again (India failing to win a title in 10 years). You have to focus on the situation, and how we can do better,” Rohit said in the pre-match press conference here on Tuesday.
The captain is hopeful that in-form batter Shubman Gill spends quality time at the crease. “Gill likes to spend a lot of time in the middle. Even though it was the T20 format (in the recent IPL), you saw him get big, big hundreds. Team India will also hope that he spends a lot of time in the middle, and play like he has in the last six to eight months,” Rohit said.
The 36-year-old smiled when asked if players have had enough time to adjust to the demands of the longest format after their IPL stint.
“We’ve been playing cricket like this - series after series - for many years. I don’t know when was the last time we had a good break. All the guys are used to playing a lot of cricket now. That is why we talk about workload management. It’s important to manage player workloads, and to make sure that they’re fresh,” Rohit said.
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