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As the World Cup approaches, Rohit Sharma responds to the Ashwin question.

As the World Cup approaches, Rohit Sharma responds to the Ashwin question.

As the World Cup approaches, Rohit Sharma responds to the Ashwin question.

Prior to the third One-Day International against Australia, where he will resume captaincy, Rohit Sharma spoke to the media.

In light of veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s persuasive argument made before the deadline on September 28, Rohit did not completely rule out a last-minute change to India’s World Cup roster.

Rohit emphasized that despite Ashwin’s absence from the ODI scene, barring sporadic appearances in a few matches in 2022, the off-spinner’s cricketing prowess, which he demonstrated in Indore during the second ODI against Australia, should not be discounted.

“You cannot take away the class and the experience that the individual has over the years, and in the last couple of games we saw how well he bowled,” Rohit said in a nod to Ashwin’s exceptional abilities.

Recent performances showed that Ashwin hasn’t lost his edge in shorter formats, showcasing a range of abilities that might come in handy during tense moments of a competition like the World Cup.

He has many different strategies up his sleeve, and if there is a chance, we can consider many different options. We’ve got all the backups and everything ready, so hopefully the current state of affairs works out well for us.

We spent a lot of time in the middle of the game and gave them enough game time. I’m really pleased with how things have worked out over the past few weeks.

Axar Patel’s ongoing injury will prevent him from playing in the third ODI against Australia, and with time running out, Ashwin has a chance to make the final roster.

There is a lot of uncertainty in the team right now, which we cannot change, Rohit said. “We have only 13 players to choose from, so there is also some viral [sickness] going around in the team.”

“The next few weeks, it’s quite important for us to look after the players and their well-being, so it’s okay for them to be home at this point in time, but the reason is obviously we want everybody to be fresh during the World Cup and hopefully they can come back fresh.”

The captain also downplayed India’s ascent to No. 1 during the ODI series, saying it has little significance.

What kind of ranking you are in or what kind of past performances you have doesn’t really matter, Rohit said.

Yes, it’s a good idea to move forward, but you are aware that modern sports are played in the present. Therefore, we must focus on playing excellent cricket right now and not worry about what has already happened, our current position in the rankings, or anything else of the sort.

“You have to play good cricket and remain in the moment. You know, that is really important for us. Staying in the moment, doing one’s job, offering their hand when the team needs it, and other similar things.

Therefore, I don’t believe anyone will be concerned about the rankings at this time because we have more important issues to consider.

India challenged themselves in the Asia Cup and the Australia series, according to Rohit, in an effort to get as ready as they could for the national World Cup.

“You play all these games and work to fill in your weaknesses. We followed this strategy in the previous two competitions. We tested our team in these two games against Australia as well as the Asia Cup by putting ourselves in challenging situations and playing in demanding circumstances.

“So I believe we have accomplished quite a bit in terms of preparation. In some aspects of the game, tomorrow’s game will allow us to see if we can maintain the level of consistency we demonstrated in the previous two contests.

“At this time, a bigger objective and a bigger picture are in mind. Therefore, we must put our attention there and not worry about “whitewashing” Australia.

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