‘Focus is always on the present’ – Rohit reveals Indian team’s determined mindset

‘Focus is always on the present’ – Rohit reveals Indian team’s determined mindset

With nine wins in nine games in the league stage of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, India prepares for the highly anticipated semi-final clash against New Zealand on Wednesday, 15 November.

India will be hoping to go one better this time after losing to the same opponents in the World Cup semi-finals in 2019.

After winning their first World Cup under Kapil Dev’s captaincy in 1983 and a second victory at home under MS Dhoni in 2011, India skipper Rohit Sharma revealed that the current team isn’t overly focused on the past. Instead, they are living in the present and concentrating on what is ahead of them.

“Honestly, look, that’s the beauty of this team.” Half of the guys were not even born when we won the World Cup for the first time. “When we won our second World Cup in 2011, half of the guys weren’t even playing the game,” Rohit said on the eve of the semi-final match against New Zealand.

“This current crop of players is very much focused on what is happening today and what can happen tomorrow.” They try and concentrate on these things.

“I don’t see them talking about how we won the last World Cup, how we won our first World Cup,” he said. “The emphasis is on how they can improve as players, what they can bring to the team, and what they need to work on.” So that’s the beauty of the crop of players we have right now.

“The emphasis is always on the present, which I believe is a good thing.” From the start of a tournament like this, the focus has always been on what we can achieve today.

“What you accomplish today prepares you for what you can accomplish tomorrow.” So I believe the current crop of players is very focused on that process,” he added.

New Zealand has emerged as one of the most consistently formidable teams in recent World Cups, frequently reaching the semi-finals and finals. Rohit emphasized their methodical approach, providing insight into India’s preparations for this formidable challenge.

“Overall, whenever we’ve faced New Zealand, we’ve found them to be the most disciplined team in terms of how they want to play the game.” And they are very good at cricket. They have a good understanding of the opposition.

“Obviously, having played with many of our players at various stages of their careers and in various tournaments, they understand the mentality of the opposition.” The same holds true for us.

“However, whenever we’ve played against them, I’d say they’ve been the most disciplined team.” And they’ve been very consistent for many years now, playing semifinals and finals in probably all ICC tournaments in the last six, seven years, if I’m not mistaken, from 2015 onwards.

“We understand what they bring to the table and how they play cricket, so yeah.” We’ve been keeping a close eye on all of the teams to see where their strengths and weaknesses are. And then we try to go out there and play the game.”

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