“We know the nature of T20 cricket, but beating England in England is a challenge and we overcame that, and that is going to give us confidence,” said Rohit on the English challenge during a press conference.
India had defeated England in the three-match T20I series 2-1 on their English tour in the month of July earlier this year. Suryakumar Yadav had scored 171 runs in three innings, with an incredible strike rate of more than 200.
Suryakumar, who has carried his prolific form into this T20 World Cup, smashed a brilliant century in the final T20I of the series in England, scoring 117 runs in 55 balls while almost taking India to a win. India lost the match by 17 runs, chasing a 216-run target.
Rohit backed the team to stick to its processes that have brought results for them in this T20 World Cup and said that the semifinal is an opportunity for them to do what they came to Australia for.
“Absolutely, it’s an opportunity for us to do what we wanted. We have done well in this tournament, we need to stick to what we are doing, trust what we are doing so far,” remarked Rohit.
The Indian captain stressed on the importance of doing well in the knockout games. He said that the players need to play with pride and remember that a bad game doesn’t define either a player or a team.
“Knockout games are important. It is essential to do well in the knockout game, but it doesn’t define you in one particular game. It is crucial to realize this. As players it is important to play and take pride in ourselves, and where we have come from. Tomorrow (on Thursday, Nov 10) we will have to play well to get the result. If you do well in knockout games, then it gives you confidence (but) one bad game in knockout can’t truly define you,” said the opening batter.
Fans, however, have been rooting for an India-Pakistan final on November 13 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Pakistan take on New Zealand in the first semifinal on Wednesday.