India stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma has denied favourites tag given by Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal and Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha. He compares T20 cricket with EPL.
Tamim and Hathuru didn’t hesitate to call India as favourites of Nidahas Trophy. But Rohit has a different opinion.
“Whether we are favourites or not, that is not something I think about,” said Rohit ahead of the tri-series.
“T20 is such a format where any team can win on that particular day. The game can change in a span of one over, it can slip away… On a given day, any team can beat anyone. How do I explain it? It’s like the English Premier League. Some teams may be stronger, but anyone can win on a given day.”
India have rested their captain Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav from Nidahas Trophy. Rohit is happy to lead his lead.
“I don’t look at it that way that I don’t have the full team. I’m very fortunate to get the opportunity to lead the team.
“Given the schedule nowadays and the amount of cricket we play, it’s important to look after players and give them enough rest when needed. Whenever I’ve been asked to put on the captaincy cap, it’s been an honour,” he added.
The Nidahas Trophy is beginning today to mark Sri Lanka’s 70th independence. India will take on hosts Sri Lanka in the opening game at R Premadasa Stadium. Bangladesh will play their first match against India on March 8.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com