England tour of India 2021: Veteran Indian opener Rohit Sharma has said that even though the team wants to qualify for the World Test Championship, the main focus is on the process leading up to it.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma. (Image: BCCI/PTI)
- We want to qualify for the WTC finals, but we still to do a lot of things right: Rohit
- You just have to focus on the process, not think too far ahead: Rohit
- Both teams in Ahmedabad are enjoying the beautiful view at the newly built Motera stadium
India’s veteran opener Rohit Sharma has stated that India’s prime focus remains on winning the next two Tests against England in the home series that is currently level at 1-1. India cannot afford to lose either of the two remaining Tests in order to qualify for the World Test Championship final.
“To be honest, when we are playing the game, the focus is not on the outside. We want to qualify for the WTC finals, but we still to do a lot of things right to be there. We will be very happy to qualify for the WTC finals, but there are little steps that we need to take before we reach the finals. It is too far ahead still, we have got two Tests to play before that, we will see what happens after that,” Rohit Sharma said during a virtual press conference, on Sunday.
“You just have to focus on the process, you do not need to think too far ahead. If you try to stay in present, I do not think you will feel any pressure. It is a five-day game, so the focus and pressure changes every day.
It is important to be in the moment and think about what you need to do on the given day to get the best out of your skillset. When you do those little things right, it adds up and you achieve what you always wanted to achieve as a team,” he added.
The India and England teams are in Ahmedabad for the upcoming third Test, which will be a day-night fixture, starting on February 24. Both teams in Ahmedabad are enjoying the beautiful view at the newly built Motera stadium where the Pink Ball Test (3rd Test of the 4-match series) will be hosted.
“The focus would be on getting used to the new lights and seats inside the Motera Stadium. You just need to get used to all these types of things, the new seats are shiny, probably we are going to have a long session on the field tomorrow to get used to the outfield and slip catching. Every new ground you go to, you try and get used to the lights and surroundings. It is not the first time for us to go to a new stadium,” Rohit added.