“He has class. That’s just it”: Rohit Sharma on R Ashwin’s World Cup prospects

Indian captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday did not give any information about the condition of injured Axar Patel, but said that the form Ravichandran Ashwin has shown in the first two ODIs gives him the assurance of a backup option for the World Cup in any situation. Is. Patel suffered a left quadricep injury ahead of the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka earlier this month and is currently recuperating at the NCA. Ashwin’s performance in the first two ODIs against Australia has also sparked debate over whether the experienced off-spinner should get a place in India’s 15-member squad if Patel is unable to recover in time.

The deadline for teams to finalize their 15-man World Cup squad is September 28.

“He’s got class. He has experience in playing the game and handling pressure. It’s just that he has not played an ODI for almost a year,” said during the pre-match press meet.

“But you can’t take away the class and years of experience of the guy and in the last few matches we saw how well he bowled,” Rohit said.

Rohit expressed satisfaction with Ashwin’s effort and said that it really gives him options to trust.

“He has a lot of diversity and if given the opportunity, we can look at a lot of things,” he said. Hopefully, the way things are at the moment, it will be good for us because we have all the backups ready.

“We have given him enough playing time,” he said.

Rohit, who was rested from the first two ODIs against the Australian team, expressed happiness that the Indian team has been able to successfully overcome the challenges.

He said, “I am very happy with the last 10 ODI matches we have played. Many players have returned to form by scoring a lot of runs and the bowlers are taking a lot of wickets. In the last few matches, we have seen that the players who have recovered from injuries have proved their fitness.

“(We are) fairly settled…how we stand, where we stand. Now, it is about taking this whole situation forward in the best possible way,” he said.

Both India and Australia have never beaten each other in a series in ODIs, but Rohit said he was not too excited by the prospect as he had other goals.

“As a captain, you don’t pay attention to all those things like ‘whitewash is certain’ and things like that. You want to play good cricket and achieve things on the field.

“In the last two matches, I was not a part of them, but I thought we played very good cricket and achieved a lot of good things.

“We chased the target in one game, batted first in the other, scored a lot of runs and bowled very well in both the games,” he said.

Rohit said that the third ODI against Australia will give the team an opportunity to test its consistency.

“Tomorrow’s game gives us a chance to test ourselves in some areas – whether we can maintain the consistency that we have shown in the last two games,” he said.

It’s ‘great’ to captain the world No. 1 team in all three formats, but Rohit didn’t want to rest on the laurels.

“It is quite nice (to be No. 1) but it does not matter what kind of ranking you go in with or how your performance has been in the past,” he said.

“Yes, it is a positive thing to take it forward but nowadays games are played in the present moment only. We have to play very good cricket in the current times and not worry about what happens in the rankings,” he said.

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