XtraTime Web Desk: Indian cricket team’s star opener Rohit Sharma heaped praise on legendary cricketer & former captain MS Dhoni ahead of the first ODI against Australia which is set to begin from January 12 in Sydney.
As per Sharma the presence of Dhoni in the team always help the captain (Virat Kohli) as well.
Terming Dhoni’s inclusion in the team as a “massive factor”, Sharma said that the firebrand cricketer “brings a lot on the table for us”.
“Over the years we have seen the kind of presence he has in dressing room and on field. With him being around, there’s calmness around the group, it’s also a bit of a help to the captain, also going down the batting order and that finishing touch is very important,” said Sharma while talking to the media.
He further said, “He has finished so many games for us, that role he plays is very important in terms of his batting. His calmness, his advice is very important. So, things he does brings a lot on the table for us and his presence around the group is a massive factor for us.”
Sharma also opened up about the forthcoming ICC World Cup which is set to begin from May 2019. As per him the combination of the team is expected to be the same there as it currently is.
“More or less you will see the same squad playing the World Cup. There’ll be one or two changes keeping in mind form and injury concerns over next few months. But I don’t see any drastic change in the squad,” said Sharma, adding that he feels “everything will depend on form of each player”.
He, however, further said, “Nobody is guaranteed to that flight to England as yet. We’ve to be in prime form. Each and every player that will be taking part in the World Cup, all of us are aware of that, we need to keep performing and make sure that come the World cup, we’re ready for it.”