Indian starter Rohit Sharma believes his country’s U19 national team is well-positioned to defend the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title in South Africa next month.
India is targeting a fifth tournament title under Priyam Garg, starting on January 12th. Rohit, which was presented in the 2006 edition, supported the young people in becoming good.
“Our team looks very strong as always,” he said at an event in Mumbai. “We won the last time. I would not say that we will win again this year. [But] I am sure that they will play really hard. They have great coaching staff.
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“Of course it’s a big platform and on big platforms, the Indian team can do well in general. I hope they bring the trophy home.”
Rohit had completed 205 runs with an average of 41 in 2006 when India reached the final. A year later, he made his international debut and became a productive batsman for the senior team. The year 2019 was a particularly good one as it achieved success across all formats and finished with 1,490 runs ahead of Virat Kohli as the best ODI run-getter.
Part of this success was a firm belief in his own distinctive style of play that helped him translate his success against the red ball, and Rohit shared the wisdom gained from this experience with the future generation.
“As a young child growing up in this generation, you want to play punches, look good and all that, but again it is very important what you think of your game and how you understand the game. [There is no] harm when you play from Big Shots and try to play an extravagant cover drive.
“As a child, when we played an aerial shot, we were taken off the net, which I didn’t think was right because you want the results after all, and what if the guy gives you the results by playing the big shots? There is nothing wrong with that.
“So I would encourage them to play shots if they want to, but at the same time they need to understand that they have to be productive, to get results, that’s the game.”
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