[Watch] India captain Rohit Sharma prepares for 1st ODI

India captain Rohit Sharma honed his batting skills ahead of the first ever T20I against the West Indies on Friday (July 29th) at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad.

After a grueling tour of England, Rohit was rested for the three-game ODI series against Nicholas Pooran and Co, which India won 3-0. He joined the team a few days ago and had a few batting sessions, leading up to the T20 leg of the tour.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently shared a short clip where Rohit was sweating in the net. The Indian skipper did not achieve an overwhelming series against England.

He will be looking to shoot with the bat as the Men in Blue continue their preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. Sharing the video on their social media handles, BCCI wrote:

“Sound 🔛 🔊 #TeamIndia captain @rohitsharma45 warming up in the net ahead of #WIvIND T20I 1st. 👌👌.”

The Mumbai-born cricketer only managed half a century in six limited games against Jos Buttler and Co. His highest score of an unbeaten 76 came in the first ODI at The Oval. He will be looking to get ahead as the marquee competition draws closer.

Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, who were resting from ODIs, also joined the team. Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi, who were not part of the ODIs, are also part of the T20I series.

“I don’t agree that we play Conservative cricket” – Rohit Sharma

India have received a fair share of criticism for not playing an aggressive brand of cricket, with many attributing this as the main reason for their failure at the World Cups.

Rohit, however, denied all such claims, citing that they won 80% of the games they played leading up to the T20 World Cup last year. Speaking to reporters on the eve of the first ODI, the India captain said:

“We didn’t get the result in the World Cup, that doesn’t mean we were playing bad cricket. And I don’t agree that we are playing conservative cricket, if you lose 1-2 games in the World Cup. world, it seems like we haven’t taken any risks.”

He added:

“If you look at the games we played before the World Cup, we won 80% of them. I don’t understand how you can win so many games if you are conservative.”

India will be hoping to keep the momentum going in the coming matches as they desperately seek to end their barren run in multinational tournaments.

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Edited by Diptanil Roy