Nobody is guaranteed World Cup flight to England says Rohit Sharma

Ross Houston
January 13, 2019

Team India vice captain Rohit Sharma called MS Dhoni a "guiding light" for the youngsters and that the presence of former skipper brings calmness around the group.

"Over the years we have seen what sort of presence he (Dhoni) has in the dressing room and on the field". Also with the bat, batting down the order, providing that finishing touch is very important. He is back in the T20I squad as well as the selectors want to give him as much match practice as possible before the World Cup.

The captain also said that although they are waiting for the verdict to come out, it does not change the way the Indian team thinks and plays the sport.

"They've done really well for us, whether it's in India or outside India and one of the reasons I would say is MS".

During the presser, Sharma also talked about the upcoming ICC World Cup, which is scheduled to begin from May this year in England, The opener said that nobody is guaranteed to the team for the biggest carnival of the game. "There will be one or two changes, keeping in mind the form and injury concerns over the next few months", Rohit said while talking to the press ahead of India's first ODI against Australia in Sydney on Saturday. So him being around with the team always is helpful. For him, the ODIs against Australia and New Zealand are very important, as he needs to assert his position as the terrific player that he is. But I still feel everything will depend on the form of each player.

Australian pacer Pat Cummins Praised Dhoni's ability to remain calm in the toughest of situations. "His calmness and advice, what he thinks about the game and what we should do right now is very important", Rohit said.

After returning home to be with his wife Ritika Sajdeh for the birth of their newborn daughter Samaira, Rohit Sharma had joined the India team in the lead up to the three-match ODI series against Australia, starting January 12 in Sydney. He's guided these two guys in the middle overs, how to keep things tight, field placements.

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