Asked if the average performance in crucial matches bothers him, Rohit said ahead of the T20 World Cup semi-final against England: “It’s not just me but all the players. What he did throughout his career cannot be judged by a single knockout- match
Indian captain Rohit Sharma understands the criticism of his mediocre performances in crucial matches, but he does not like to be judged by him or any other player for failures in high-pressure matches. Rohit has not been able to perform as expected in the knockout matches of ICC tournaments in recent times. He scored only 29 runs in the T20 World Cup 2014 final against Sri Lanka and 34 in the 2015 ODI World Cup semi-final against Australia.
He scored 43 runs in the 2016 T20 World Cup semi-final against West Indies and couldn’t even open an account in the 2017 Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. He could only score one run in the 2019 ODI World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. Asked if the average performance in crucial matches bothers him, Rohit said ahead of the T20 World Cup semi-final against England: “It’s not just me but all the players. What he did throughout his career cannot be judged by a single knockout- match.
“You work hard all year round. No matter what format you play, and a match can’t judge that.” Rohit, who believes in the present, said the past should not be forgotten. “Knockout games are important and to do well in them gives confidence, but the past should not be forgotten, what the players have done in the past. The bottom line of what you have done for the team all these years cannot be one game.” The boundary at Adelaide Oval is only 60 meters and it is a big challenge to adapt to the size of the different grounds in Australia.
Rohit said, “It has been a challenge in this tournament. The size of the ground in Dubai didn’t change that much last year. We knew the ground was bigger on one side and there was no change other than that. But in Australia, some reasons big and some reasons small. You have to adapt to it.” When a British journalist asked about Suryakumar Yadav’s fearless game, Rohit jokingly said, “That’s his nature. He doesn’t take too much burden. I’m not talking about the suitcase. He has many suitcases. He likes to shop but doesn’t take the extra burden or the extra pressure He shows a similar game.
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