Rohit Sharma, at presser before the T20I match against West Indies berated media on questions on cricketers being in form or team balance.

Skipper Rohit Sharma was asked about form of virat kohli he said if media will keep quiet, everything will fall in place for Kohli.

“If you guys (media) can keep quiet for a while, everything will fall in place. He (Kohli) is in great mental space. He has been playing international cricket for more than a decade. He knows how to handle pressure,” Rohit snapped back.

“Yesterday, we had a great meeting, which conveyed the message that focus should firmly be on the Colour Blue for the next two weeks. It was understood that the guys would go through some ups and downs and a lot of emotional feelings (during the auction). But it’s done and dusted. They are professionals and now it’s only about India. Nothing else matters,” Rohit said.

Rohit Sharma

He was asked about Kishan, his Mumbai Indians team-mate. The skipper’s reply was sharp. “I don’t want to be talking about the IPL here. We aren’t going to focus on what they are going to do for their respective franchises at the IPL. The IPL happens for two months, we play for India for 10 months.”

Rohit admitted that India’s white-ball squads have “some holes” and the team management is looking to “fill the gaps”, with an eye to the T20 World Cup later this year. Players would be given specific roles but the process of zeroing in on certain players hasn’t begun yet.

“We will keep our options open for the T20 World Cup. Conditions will be different in Australia. Doors are open for everybody,” Rohit Sharma said.

As for his own fitness that had been dodgy over the last few months – a hamstring injury had ruled him out of the South Africa tour – Rohit said: “I’m following some specific drills to ensure that there are no injury concerns in the future. Am feeling absolutely fine. Then again, in this sport, injuries are bound to happen.”

Meanwhile Rishabh Pant has been selected as Vice Captain for the T20I Series.


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