Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

India vs Australia 2019 ODIs

India vs Australia 2019 ODIs

"The squad that plays these 13 ODIs is more or less the same squad that will go to the World Cup".

India's ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Thursday asserted that nobody in the team is guaranteed a spot, barring one or two players, for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019, which will start from May in England and Wales. "With him being around, there is a sense of calmness in the group, which is very important, and also a bit of help to the captain because he stands behind the stumps", Rohit said ahead of the first ODI against Australia. "It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to create within the change room and these are purely individual opinions and something as I said which is inappropriate".

"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.

The captain also said that although they are waiting for the verdict to come out, it does not change the way the Indian team thinks and plays the sport. "But more or less you will see the same squad playing the World Cup".

The Indian team will be playing a three-match ODI series against the Aussies in Australia. "He is like a guiding light around the group", Rohit added. Their bowling lineup can put us under pressure without a doubt.

Australian pacer Pat Cummins Praised Dhoni's ability to remain calm in the toughest of situations.

Team India skipper Virat Kohli broke his silence on the ongoing controversy involving Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who made sexist comments on a TV talk show. "Also with the bat. down the order, getting through that finishing line is very, very important", Rohit said. "His calmness and advice, what he thinks about the game and what we should do right now is very important", Rohit said. "So, things he does brings a lot on the table for us and his presence around the group is a massive factor for us", Rohit added. That makes a huge difference. Since Sri Lanka tour in 2017 they've done really well, and one of the reason is MS.

"He even guides the bowlers on where to bowl and helps Kohli with the field placements".

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