Pressure is on Pakistan: Rohit Sharma

Opener Rohit Sharma says India’s 100 per cent win record against arch-rivals in the World Cup will give defending champions an edge in their Feb 15 opening clash

Adelaide: India opener Rohit Sharma feels that arch-rivals Pakistan who will be “under pressure” going into the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup as they have never won against India at the mega event.

“The pressure will be on them rather than us. They are the ones, who have not won a game against us in the World Cup. We will try and use it to our advantage,” Rohit told the mediapersons at India’s open session, here on Saturday.

Rohit Sharma during a training session at Adelaide Oval on November 29, 2014. Pic/Getty Images

Not denying that Pakistan match will be a huge affair, Rohit wants that fans go back with happy memories and they will prepare to the best of their abilities to win the game.

“It will be a big game against Pakistan. But we need to concentrate more on the process rather than taking it as an India-Pakistan game. The result will take care of itself if we concentrate on the process and we know what we need to do to be at our best.

“Any World Cup game will be an important one and the first game won’t be any different. We will give our fans some happy memories to go back with.”

For Rohit, wearing the India jersey is a good enough motivation for any player and it can’t get bigger than the World Cup.

“Once you wear the Indian jersey, it is motivation enough to go and perform on the field. If you are not motivated enough wearing the Indian jersey, then you are just doing yourself a favour by showing up on the ground.”

It will be Rohit’s first ODI World Cup having missed the bus during the last edition in India. Talking about early World Cup memories, Rohit recollected Ajay Jadeja’s diving catch to dismiss Allan Border in Brisbane during the 1992 World Cup.

Spotlight on fitness as India take on Australia in warm-up tie today

Adelaide: India will have to recover quickly from the blow of losing pace spearhead Ishant Sharma even as the fitness of Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja will be under spotlight as they take on hosts Australia in the opening warm-up game of the ICC Cricket World Cup today.

Since the match won’t have official status, India can test all their batsmen as well as bowlers in today’s as well as next warm-up tie against Afghanistan. Rohit declared that he has “recovered well” from his hamstring injury and fit to play.

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