India set to face Pakistan in their first match of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Sunday. With the first match around the corner, rain seems to be the main spoilsport.
In context of rain threat looming, captain Rohit Sharma feels toss does have some importance when the match is rain-hit.
“In the hindsight if you look at it, yes, it does become a little important. But again, I’ve been hearing about Melbourne weather for a while now, and it keeps changing. In the morning when I woke up, a lot of the buildings when I opened my hotel curtains were in clouds, and now we certainly see the sunshine.”
“You don’t really know what is going to happen tomorrow. The things that are in our control, we’ll try and control that, which is we’ll have a good training session today, go back, relax ourselves and get ready for tomorrow. As simple as that. We need to come here thinking that it’s a 40-over game. We will be ready for that,” said the right-handed batter in the pre-match press conference.
With rain as a threat in Sunday’s match, it does bring a change in the narrative about the match-ups as conditions change. Sharma admitted that his choices of match-ups are a mix of both specific decisions and instinctive decision making.
“We’ve been going through a lot of numbers all these days about how people have been successful in Australia. Although it’s a different time, not a lot of cricket has been played during this month in Australia, but it was important for us to get some kind of data around what happens in October-November in Australia and what are the kind of people who have been successful here.
“We saw a lot of things about how you need to be successful firstly as a team and then as an individual, as well. We went through all of it, but like I said, it’s a bit of both. Sometimes you just feel that this guy is bowling pretty well, you need to just get him to play the game; he’s in good form.”