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Rohit is content to absorb the pressure ahead of the World Cup opener.

Rohit is content to absorb the pressure ahead of the World Cup opener.

India captain Rohit Sharma spoke about his team’s preparations and the pressures of hosting the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Rohit is aware that his team is under pressure to perform well on home soil, but he is confident that his team can rise to the occasion and win a third World Cup title, following victories in 1983 and 2011.

The Cricket World Cup 2023 will be the tournament’s 13th edition. Despite being the sole host of this event, India has previously co-hosted it in 1987, 1996, and 2011.

They reached the semi-finals of the 1987 World Cup before losing to England. At Eden Gardens, Mohammed Azharuddin’s team failed to advance past Sri Lanka in the semi-finals of the 1996 World Cup.

However, in the 2011 edition, India’s stars aligned and they went on to win the World Cup for only the second time in their history.

Speaking at the ICC Captains’ call on Wednesday, just one day before the start of the World Cup, Rohit expressed his excitement about leading the team into the tournament.

He went on to say that while there would be pressure leading up to the event, the goal was to overcome it.

“I’m very grateful to be leading this team into this World Cup,” Rohit stated. “I’ve seen the history of the World Cup and the people who have participated in this World Cup.” So I consider myself extremely fortunate to be leading this team into this World Cup. It’s both exciting and terrifying.

“All of these guys are used to dealing with pressure, whether they’re playing India or away from India.”

“As long as you play the sport, the pressure will be there.” So put that aside and concentrate on the task at hand. It’s easy to say, but it’ll be difficult to do. But I’m sure we prepared really well, and preparing well gives you a lot of confidence going into any game.”

The last three Cricket World Cups have been won by host countries: India (2011), Australia (2015), and England (2019).

However, Rohit was unconcerned about this sequence.

“I’m not thinking about it too much. While it has happened in the previous three World Cups, all I can say is that we will try our hardest, give it our all, and enjoy the tournament.”

Given the tournament’s format, a team can’t get too far ahead of itself at the start and must take each match as it comes, according to Rohit.

“That’s all I have to say at the moment.” Because, as you know, it’s a long tournament, and I understand that you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself,” he added.

“So it’s important for us that we try and focus on one job at a time and then move on.”

Both of India’s warm-up games for the Cricket World Cup were rained out. They face Australia in their first match on October 8 in Chennai.

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