India T20 WC Squad – ICC T20 World Cup: A catastrophic campaign at the last T20 World Championship forced the Indian team to make an extreme change in attitude and approach, said Skipper Rohit Sharma. Rohit is now preparing to lead the Indian side in the forthcoming edition of the T20 showpiece in Australia, but before that, they have to deal with the Asian Cup.
Speaking on The Star Sports Show “Follow the Blues”, Rohit said “We made it very clear to everyone after the T20 World Championship in Dubai. We didn’t qualify for the final because we felt we had to change our mindset and approach to our game.”
Rohit added that the Indian squad at the T20 World Cup will have a completely different attitude this time.
“We try to give them as much freedom as possible.”
“If the message from the captain and coach is clear about where the team is trying to go, then individuals will try. For that they need freedom and clarity and that is what we are trying to do.”
The Indian team has adopted a more aggressive hitting style in recent months, Rohit spoke about how the team is preparing for the challenges ahead.
I know it’s honestly very exciting to create so many leaders on the team because that’s always a good sign.
“And you want the guys to be able to handle the pressure who understand the game and know each other well. And when they lead the team, all these things can happen.” India have had six different captains in the past eight months due to a combination of factors.
I think it’s very important to have that lead but of course you know we’re playing the IPL and it’s a 10-team tournament. So there will be 10 captains who will also eventually be part of the Indian team.
“You know I think it’s fantastic because honestly, my job is a lot less as these guys understand everything pretty well. So, it’s just a matter of if someone has a thought, how am I supposed to back up that thought. For me as a captain, that’s my role and I try to fulfill that.” he said.
Looking ahead, Rohit mentioned that the role of Coach Rahul Dravid is crucial for the Indian team.
With Rahul Bhai, I’ve played a few games with him as he was my first captain when I made my ODI debut. So obviously we have some kind of understanding. I spent a lot of time in the NCA when I was injured and he was there. “We had regular talks the whole time and he also followed my game closely,” he said.
The ‘Hitman’ also spoke about the importance of having a coach whose vision and beliefs align with the team. When he (Dravid) became a coach here, we got together and sat in a room for a while and decided how we were going to move this thing forward and he was pretty much on the same train of thought as me.
“It made it a little bit easier for me to get the message across to the guys because we don’t want to create confusion in the group; and of course we wanted him to change the style of cricket too. We wanted to play a certain way in all three formats and he was willing to accept all of that.”