Rohit Sharma Urges Team India to Avoid Complacency in Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 Round

Captain Rohit Sharma emphasizes the need for consistent performance as India advances to the Super 4 round of Asia Cup 2023.

Rohit Sharma Warns Team India of ‘No Complacency’ in Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 Round

India’s cricket captain, Rohit Sharma, delivered a stern message to his team following their impressive victory over Nepal in the Asia Cup 2023. While celebrating their entry into the Super 4 round, Sharma stressed the importance of maintaining a high level of performance and avoiding complacency.

In the Group A match against Nepal, India secured a resounding 10-wicket victory, ensuring their qualification for the Super 4 round in style. This victory positioned Team India alongside Pakistan as the second team from Group A to advance to the Super 4 round.

Despite challenging weather conditions that nearly led to another washout, Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field, inviting Nepal to bat first. Nepal’s opening pair of Kushal Bhurtel (38) and Aasif Shaikh (58) provided a strong start with a partnership of 65 runs for the first wicket.

However, India’s Ravindra Jadeja made an impact by taking three crucial wickets, putting pressure on Nepal’s middle order. Sompal Kami (48) and Dipendra Singh Airee (29) helped Nepal reach a total of over 200. Due to rain and the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method, India’s target was adjusted to 145 runs, which they chased down comfortably without losing a wicket. Captain Rohit Sharma led from the front with an unbeaten 74 runs, while Shubman Gill remained not out on 67 runs.

Expressing his thoughts after being named Player of the Match, Rohit Sharma admitted to some pre-match nerves but emphasized his determination to guide the team to victory: “To start with, there were some nerves but once I got my eye in, I wanted to cash in and get my team home.”

Regarding the larger picture of the World Cup, Rohit Sharma cautioned against drawing too many conclusions from these two games, as one was affected by rain. He highlighted the need to maintain focus and consistency, stating, “We can’t really look too much into these two games. One was washed out but luckily we got time to bat in the first game and now bowl in this one. We haven’t been at our best… When we move into the Super 4, there’s no room for complacency.”

Nepal’s spirited performance in the Asia Cup did not go unnoticed, with their captain, Rohit Paudel, acknowledging their strong showings. Paudel believed that a few shortcomings in the middle order prevented them from reaching their full potential, stating, “Our openers did a very good job for us. In the middle order, we could have done better. We were maybe 30-40 runs short. If we had done better in that phase, we could have reached 260-270.” Paudel also praised his bowlers for their outstanding effort under challenging conditions, where gripping the ball was difficult.

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