IPL Auction is done, time for everyone to focus on colour ‘blue’, says Rohit Sharma
India white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma said that the mega auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction is over. Everyone on his team should be focused on the colour ‘blue,’ and the aim should be to perform the best for the country.
India and the West Indies will face off in three T20Is starting on Wednesday. The focus will be on the brand of cricket India plays, having witnessed disappointment in T20 World Cup 2021. The Men in Blue must also develop a core nucleus of players who will represent them in the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022.
“It understood that guys will go through ups and downs. Some emotional feeling within themselves on which team they will play for in the IPL. But that done the day before yesterday. Also we had a great meeting with everyone and we asked them to focus on the colour blue for the next two weeks. Whatever has happened has happened, for the next two weeks. They have to focus on playing for India, nothing else,” said Rohit during a virtual press conference.
“That is something we spoke of and all these guys are professionals. You can expect once they wear India colours, it is all about India, nothing else matters,” he added.
In the mega auction, Ishan Kishan bought by Rohit’s franchise Mumbai Indians for Rs 15.25 crore. The India white-ball captain, on the other hand, emphasised that the priority right now is to play for the country.
“There is no consideration of IPL here honestly. We are not looking at where will players bat for their franchise in the IPL. And we are looking at where they will bat for Team India, as simple as that. We will be focusing on this, these guys do different roles for their franchises, what we need from them here is important. IPL will happen later, we will take care of it them,” said Rohit.
“This is the time for us to do things and guys have spoken to on what we are expecting out of them. Whether it is bowler or batter, the clarity has given to them. And it is up to them on how they want to adapt,” he added.