Rankings don't matter: Rohit Sharma
India have become unstoppable on its home soil. They have won a record 7 ODI series in a row. The 13th ODI World Cup will be held in India next October-November. It is clear that the preparations of the hosts are going well.
Khan Mutasim Billah LifeEditor
India were already at the top of the T20 rankings. After whitewashing New Zealand recently, they are now No. 1 in ODIs as well. However, India captain Rohit Sharma is not thinking about ranking, his eyes are only on the next World Cup. He is satisfied with the team's consistent performance ahead of the global tournament at home.
India have become unstoppable on its home soil. They have won a record 7 ODI series in a row. The 13th ODI World Cup will be held in India next October-November. It is clear that the preparations of the hosts are going well. Speaking at the post-match press conference after winning the third and final match against New Zealand on Tuesday, Rohit said these matches are just part of World Cup preparation for them.
"Honestly, rankings don't matter. I saw that before this (series), we were fourth (in ODI team rankings). I don't know how we were fourth, firstly. And we honestly don't look too much into it. We are preparing for the big event. All these games that we play will lead up for us to go into that big event.
"We want to be ready. We are playing at home, there are a few challenges that we need to be ready for. Few combinations (we need to test) as well. It gives us a great opportunity to do all of that before the World Cup. But again, all these games and series that you win, you get lots of confidence. And that's what we want,” Rohit said.
India dominated the T20 edition before last year's T20 World Cup. But in the title fight they lost in the semi-final to England. Rohit hopes that their luck will change this time.
"When we went to the T20 World Cup, we won everything leading up except the Asia Cup. But when we went there, we were quite confident of doing well. Unfortunately, things didn't go our way but that can happen. But there's another opportunity for us. We just want to be ready," Rohit added.
"All these games that we play, we want to be ticking all the boxes that are there."