first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 12:06 IST 2019 World Cup: Rohit Sharma said India are a well-knit group (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma will be India’s vice-captain at the 2019 World CupI am aware of my role and I enjoy the challenge: Rohit SharmaRohit said India have one of the most complete bowling attacks at 2019 World CupIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma has talked up the bonding and dressing room morale of the senior national team in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup, saying the 15-member squad is a well-knit group.Rohit Sharma added that Team India don’t get influenced by opinions from the outside and equated the Virat Kohli-led squad to a “fortress”.Speaking to Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor Sports, India Today Group, Rohit Sharma said: “The team is like a fortress. There are 15 people inside it and whatever anyone can say from the outside, the 15 inside will not get influenced.”Over the years, Rohit has been a mainstay and more importantly, one of the most dependable members of the team. Having broken records at will in the recent past, Rohit will be keen on making a mark in his first World Cup stint as the vice-captain of the team.All eyes will be on Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan as India have been heavily reliant on their top-order for good starts in ODI cricket.Stressing he is aware of the expectations, Rohit said he enjoys the challenge that comes his way and that he has been able to understand his game better in the recent past.”I am aware of my role. Shikhar Dhawan and I know we have to lay the foundation. I enjoy the challenge. I am in the best mental space as a batsman. With maturity, I have been able to understand my game better. I have learnt from my mistakes in the past,” Rohit Sharma said.advertisementWhile a lot has been said about India’s batting firepower, Virat Kohli will be blessed with a top-quality bowling attack as well. With the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking care of the pace-bowling department, India have two wrist-spinners and a finger-spinner in their ranks for the 2019 World Cup.While pointing out that the current bowling set-up is one of the most balanced India have ever had, Rohit also played down the concerns surrounding Kuldeep Yadav’s form in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Kuldeep was dropped by Kolkata Knight Riders after the wrist-spinner struggled for consistency and leaked aplenty. Kuldeep has picked up just four wickets from 9 matches in IPL 2019 at an economy rate of close to 9 runs per over.”Certainly, this is one of the most complete bowling attacks. I am not bothered about Kuldeep Yadav’s lack of success in the Indian Premier League because franchise cricket and playing for India are very different,” Rohit said.Talking up his Mumbai Indians teammate Jasprit Bumrah’s ability to keep it simple and trouble opposition batsmen, Rohit added: “The secret to Jasprit Bumrah’s success is he understands the batsman very very well and keeps it as simple as possible. While he has all the skills and all the balls in his repertoire, he keeps it very simple in his mind.”Also Read | Hungry to smash sixes in World Cup: Andre RussellAlso Read | India vs Pakistan at 2019 World Cup is not ‘war’ but just another game: Shoaib MalikAlso Read | CK Khanna meets Virat Kohli, wishes him luck for 2019 ICC World CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow Virat KohliFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow IPL 2019 Team India like a fortress, outside opinions don’t matter: Rohit Sharma to India TodayVice-captain of the World Cup-bound India cricket team Rohit Sharma, speaking exclusively to India Today, said he is aware of his role as an opener and the responsibility Shikhar Dhawan and himself have in setting up good platforms for the teamadvertisementlast_img

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