Rohit Sharma says nobody’s guaranteed a ticket to England

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara

"It's also a bit of a help to the captain (Virat Kohli), also going down the batting order and that finishing touch is very important", added the 31-year-old.

"There'll be one or two changes keeping in mind form and injury concerns over next few months. So it's hard to name the 11 or 12 that'll be playing the World Cup".

Rohit missed the final of the four Test matches against Australia as he flew back home to see his newborn daughter and returned to Australia to join the ODI squad for the three-match series.

"I have played enough cricket in the last five years and I can not comment on even the first thing I do when I retire because I don't feel like I am going to pick up the bat again", he said.

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Talking over the slots in the playing XI, the opener said the occupants are more or less finalised but it will go down to the form of each player eventually. "I don't see there will be any drastic changes to the squad", Rohit further added. Everything will depend on the form of each player, nobody is guaranteed that flight to England.

He also pointed out that even with the absence of the Aussie trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood, it wouldn't be easy for the Indian team to win the ODI series. "We have to grind it out there, face the challenge and make sure that we put them under pressure". "We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don't align with those views, those were individual opinions". For him, the ODIs against Australia and New Zealand are very important, as he needs to assert his position as the terrific player that he is.

'With him being around there's a sense of calmness around the group which is very important.

"Someone like Dhoni behind the stumps telling them (Chahal and Kuldeep) what the batsman is trying to do makes a big difference". Him being around the team is always helpful. Since Sri Lanka tour in 2017 they've done really well, and one of the reason is MS. "He's helped the captain a lot in the field as well".

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