Video: India Skipper Rohit Sharma Hilariously Raises Hand When Journalist Asks About Absence Of Off-Spinner In T20 World Cup Squad

Video: India Skipper Rohit Sharma Hilariously Raises Hand When Journalist Asks About Absence Of Off-Spinner In T20 World Cup Squad

Rohit Sharma and BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar held a press conference to clear all the doubts regarding the squad selector for the T20 World Cup 2024.

Hrishikesh DamodarUpdated: Thursday, May 02, 2024, 09:52 PM IST
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Rohit Sharma and Ajit Agarkar in the press conference | Credits: Twitter

Team India skipper Rohit Sharma's cheeky moment was on display during the press conference at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai on Thursday, May 2.

Rohit Sharma and BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar held a press conference to clear all the doubts regarding the squad selector for the T20 World Cup 2024, slated to take place in the West Indies and the USA on June 1. The main takeaways from the press conference were the exclusion of Rinku Singh and KL Rahul from the squad.

However, a journalist emphasised the absence of an off-spinner in the 15-member squad, given that India decided to go with spinners for the tournament. Upon hearing the question, Rohit raised his hand to indicate that he is an off-spinner in the team, which left Ajit Agarkar and other reporters in the room in splits.

This was not the first time that Rohit Sharma's cerendetials was asked during the press conference. When the squad was announced for the ODI World Cup last year, a reporter asked the Ajit Agarkar on lack of part-time bowlers in the team. In response, chief selector stated that Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli can roll their arms to bowl in the prestigious tournament.

'Washington Sundar hasn't played a lot': Rohit Sharma

Reasoning behind India's decision to go with four spinners, Rohit Sharma stated that Washington Sundar hasn't played a lot and didn't have a enough game time while, Ravichandran Ashwin hasn't played the shortest format of late.

"Unfortunately Washy (Washington Sundar) has not been getting opportunities lately. Then it was between Ash (Ravichandran Ashwin) and Axar, we thought having two left-arm spinners who are playing and doing well, and Ashwin has not played the format for a long time."

Team India went with two spin bowling all-rounders in Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel and as many spinning bowling specialists in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

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