We don’t need to change anything about 2022 semi-finals, says Rohit ahead of repeat clash with England on Cricketnmore

ICC T20 World Cup: As India prepares to play defending champions England in a replay of the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final here on Thursday, captain Rohit Sharma said not much has changed since that match and added that they don’t need anything different than what they did in 2022.

Asked to bat first in the second semi-final of the 2022 event in Adelaide, India were restricted to 168/6 despite half-centuries by Virat Kohli (50) and Hardik Pandya (63). But England rode on brilliant batting from openers Jos Buttler (80 not out) and Alex Hales (86 not out) to hand the 2007 champions a 10-wicket thrashing. They then defeated Pakistan in the final to win the T20 World Cup for the second time.

The two teams will clash again on Thursday in the second semi-final of the 2024 edition at the Guyana National Stadium but Rohit said they do not need to do anything else as the players already know their roles and what they have to do in an agreement.


“I don’t think we should change what we did in 2022 in 2024. Now everyone clearly understands what they need to do. And we support them to make those decisions on the pitch and trust what they feel at that particular moment.” they want to do,” Rohit Sharma said at the press conference ahead of the second semi-final.

Everyone on the crew knows they have to get the job done, but getting the job done needs to take several factors into account. And I thought we did that extremely well throughout the tournament.

“Honestly, not much has changed because look, when you start an international match, and this is the ICC T20 World Cup, we have in the last two or three years, when we played our T20 cricket and even the ODI cricket , tried to play with a very free spirit.

So not much has changed. It all depends on what the condition basically has to offer. We saw the entire tournament; that circumstances had their own challenges. New York was completely different. And now that we’ve arrived here in the West Indies, it’s been completely different. And we want to do that, we want to be a smart cricket team, we want to judge and play, like when we played the last match and even before that, the moment we realize it’s a good pitch, we want to play the way we to play. And that is for all of you to see how we want to play,” Rohit said.

He said he has tried to keep things simple for himself and his players and believes his players are experienced enough to know what to do in any situation.

“These guys have played a lot of cricket, and a lot of high-pressure games too, so there’s not much you need to discuss as such. You have to try to make them understand the role, and I think we’re doing that.” have done quite well, also very clearly. And then of course we want to trust that they make good decisions on the field.

“You don’t want to keep talking to them about: you have to do things differently and all that. Of course you have to have an open mind if you want to do things, but as far as the team and I’m concerned, I think our priority was to keeping things very simple and giving them the freedom that you all want when playing this format,” he said.

The India captain, who scored a crucial score of 90 in India’s previous match against Australia, said his team is not affected by the fear of failure as some former players claim, but admitted that there is undoubtedly some pressure and nerves among the players will be present. as they play a World Cup semi-final.

“Look, we want to treat this game like any other game we’ve played in this tournament. We don’t want to think about what’s ahead and what the context of the game is and all that. Everyone knows in the back. They think it’s a semi-final. But you don’t want to talk about it again and again. And not thinking about what happened in the past is a good state of mind. We play well as a team, enjoy each other’s company and sometimes enjoy each other’s success it is important to just continue that, continue what we have done in this tournament,” said Rohit Sharma.

The Indian captain agreed that his team has been put under pressure in some matches but said they adapted to the situation and managed to reach the semi-finals.

“Yes, we were also put under pressure in certain matches during this tournament, but I thought we responded quite well. And that’s probably because we don’t think too far ahead. And tomorrow for us too: think far ahead too , that’s the final, we don’t want to think about that. It’s a knockout game. We want to think about how well we can play and what we can do as a team to achieve the result we are looking for,” said. Rohit.

“If you think too much, sometimes you can’t make the decisions you want to make on the pitch. So I think it’s important that we keep clear in mind what we want to do. We’ve had enough of it.” conversations with the players, about what is expected of each of us, so now is the time to just trust individual instincts and take the game forward,” the India captain added.