“Conversations that ODI Cricket is losing its appeal are nonsense”: Rohit Sharma

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma on Wednesday dispelled the perception that ODI cricket is in danger of losing its appeal, saying all formats of the game are important to him. With the explosion of T20 competitions leading to a full calendar and forcing top players such as Ben Stokes and Trent Bolt to make tough decisions, doubts have recently been raised about the future of 50-over cricket.

“Mera name hi one day cricket se bana hai. Sab bekar ki btwein hai (I made my name from one day cricket. These conversations are bullshit). Previously people were talking about Test cricket (being in danger), Rohit told report here from the sidelines of a promotional event.

“Cricket is important to me, in any format. I would never say that ODI is ready or T20 is ready or the tests are almost coming to an end.

“I wish there was another format as well, because for me playing the game is the most important. It’s an individual choice which format you want to play or not, but for me all three formats are important,” he added up.

Rohit’s next assignment is the Asian Cup in Dubai, which starts later this month. India opens their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan.

The last time the two sides met was at the T20 World Cup last year, when India suffered a heavy 10-wicket defeat.

“Last year we played against Pakistan in Dubai where the result was obviously not to our liking. But the team plays differently now and prepared differently, so a lot of things have changed since then.

“We have to assess the conditions, keep in mind that we will play in over 40 degrees (temperatures). We have to assess all those factors and prepare for that.” India, the defending champions, will compete for the continental flagship for a record eighth time.

“Also in the Asia Cup, our focus will be on what we have to achieve as a team and not thinking about who we have in front of us – be it Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. As a team we are working on a few things that are ahead of us . of the Asian Cup. We must continue the process.” With the T20 World Cup scheduled for later this year, Rohit said “more or less, 80-90 percent of your team is ready.” “There are still about two and a half months to go before the T20 World Cup. Before that we have the Asian Cup and two home series against Australia and South Africa.

“There could be three to four changes, or none at all, depending on the circumstances. From now on we will play in India and we will play in the UAE, so the conditions in Australia will be different. We need to see what happens with our team in Australia .” Rohit said the team management is discussing ways to create solid bench strength.

“(Jasprit) Bumrah, (Muhammad) Shami and all these guys are not going to stay with the Indian team forever so you have to try and prepare the other guys.

“Myself and Rahul Bhai (Dravid) talked about how we are going to create our bench strength because that will be very crucial given the amount of cricket we play, the injury factors and everything.

“We never want to be a team that depends on one or two individuals, we want to be a team where everyone can contribute and help the team win on their own.

“We want to be such a team and that is why we want to give the young people as many opportunities as possible and of course you have older players around them. They can help you well.” Several players are tempted by T20 leagues because they choose to trade their franchise-based leagues over national duties. But for Rohit, playing for the country is paramount.

“It’s a tough question. I don’t know what people think about playing leagues over international cricket.

“There will be 10 more leagues, but in the coming years we will learn what the players prefer. But from now on, the situation of Indian cricket remains the same – we play the IPL, the international cricket.”

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