'If needed, we might change playing XI for every game': Rohit Sharma ahead of Ind vs Pak T20 World Cup match

India take on Pakistan in their Super 12 opener at the iconic MCG on October 23, Sunday

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, October 22, 2022, 10:36 AM IST
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India skipper Rohit Sharma | File Image

India skipper Rohit Sharma has said the team management might change the playing XI in every game if required during the T20 World Cup in Australia.

India take on Pakistan in their Super 12 opener at the iconic MCG on October 23, Sunday.

"If need be we will change playing XI in every game," Rohit said during the press conference on the eve of the game.

With India having gone without winning a T20 World Cup after the triumph in the inaugural edition in 2007, captain Rohit Sharma believes that the showpiece event in Australia gives his side a chance to change the trend of being winless in ICC events in the last nine years.

Massive expectations

"It's a challenge to not win an ICC trophy for nine years. The last one we won was in 2013 (Champions Trophy). With a team like India, there are always a lot of expectations and are certainly disappointed with that (on not having the trophies in last nine years).

"This tournament gives us that chance to change it and do well. We certainly know we have to play our best cricket in coming here and do well. So, we will take things one game at a time and think about that one game, how we will do well in that game and then move on from there to think about the next one," said Rohit in the pre-match press conference.

With the dreams of doing an encore of 2007 resurfacing in 2022, Rohit termed it as a challenge for his team to live up to the same. "Won't say it as a pressure, but will definitely say it's a challenge for us to come out on top in the ICC events.

"Not the performance we would have liked to put in ICC events when we play the big games (in the past), I believe the opportunity comes and we have the opportunity to come here and do well. We will have to focus on certain things to get that right."

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