Asia Cup 2022: Important not to allow pressure to creep in, says Rohit Sharma ahead of India vs Pakistan clash
Rohit Sharma is all set to face his next big test as Team India captain the Asia Cup 2022, which begins from August 27 to September 11.
The Hitman has a remarkable record leading T20I teams, having won 29 of the 35 games he has presided over. Men in Blue, lead by Rohit Sharma, have dominated teams in the T20I format since receiving the captaincy and received praise for their work. The stakes will be bigger than ever for the Hitman and the team to win the Asia Cup 2022 and become the Champions of Asia for the seventh time as the countdown to the Greatest Rivalry between India and Pakistan on August 28 has already begun.
Speaking on Star Sports show ‘Follow The Blues’, Team India captain Rohit Sharma detailed his captaincy mantra and how he and the squad handle pressure before marquee tournaments such as the Asia Cup 2022:
“For me as a captain, it is very important that we create an environment for the players where they don’t feel that it’s a very high-pressure environment. We try and create (an environment) for the guys to come out in this team and try to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Because I strongly feel that it’s important not to allow the pressure to creep in too much. When you’re playing, obviously, there will be pressure because when you are holding the ball in your hand, there is pressure on you as a bowler. When you’re batting in the middle, there is pressure, and that is what you have to handle on your own. The captain or coach or anyone, no one can do anything about it, but yourself. So, I think those aspects – Of course, it is your responsibility, but there are so many other factors that come into play and I feel I need to take care of it.”
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) August 20, 2022
Rohit continued by describing how his job as captain is to get to know everyone on the team. And help them all perform better, especially when they are going through difficult times.
“When you know certain players are going through tough times. We try to give them a clear understanding of what’s happening. Making him understand what we expect from him, his role in this team, and all those kinds of things. So, I don’t go with any particular mantra when I play the game. Obviously, for me it’s just to quickly adapt to certain individuals. And then understand what they need, what are their strong points, where they are weak. And you know give them feedback and work with them; be very specific in what the team is expecting from that individual. That is where the individual can blossom. Because when we give them the clarity of what the team is expecting from you. I think he will be able to work towards that direction. And he can work on his game in many ways. And then improve his game as well. So, I think those are the things that I always keep in mind.”
The Asia Cup 2022 will be played between August 27 to September 11.