WT20 : Rohit: ‘It’s Our Responsibility To Win And Make Them Happy
When the West Indies plays India in the second semifinal of the ICC World T20 2016 in Mumbai on Thursday (March 31), it won’t just be taking on the eleven men in blue, but also the enthusiastic home crowd that is sure to turn out in full force to fill the Wankhede Stadium.
Given the entertainers in its ranks the West Indies is always a crowd favourite. However, with the home team, brought so far by the heroics of Virat Kohli and the smarts of MS Dhoni, also in the reckoning to lift its second ICC World T20 title, the fans will reserve their loudest cheers for the home boys.
West Indies are [some] of the most dangerous competitors. The way they play cricket is fearless. You can’t expect what’s coming. You’ve got to be ready in all departments
One of those most excited and most eager not to disappoint the fans is Rohit Sharma. “Playing here in front of my home crowd will be excellent, we’re looking forward to it,” said the Mumbai and Indian batsman. “We’ve played good cricket overall…I’m sure it’s just going to be what people of India will be expecting us to do.
“People follow the sport like crazy. They want their team to win, they want to come out and support no matter what, which is good to see. All the venues we’ve played at we’ve got tremendous support. It’s our responsibility to [win] for them and make them happy,” he said.
India started off the Super 10 stage with a loss to New Zealand, but then quickly got back to winning ways. It trumped Pakistan in Eden Gardens, before squeaking past Bangladesh for a one-run win. A master-class from Virat Kohli saw it complete what at one point looked like an improbable chase against Australia, allowing it to carry all the momentum into the knockouts.
The West Indies, meanwhile, was unbeaten till its final group game when it came up against a spirited Afghanistan. Rohit, who has 45 runs from four games in the tournament so far, was fully aware that Darren Sammy’s men would want to get back to winning ways. He picked out the team’s chase of England’s 182 for 6 at the same venue in its opener as an example of just how dangerous the former champion can be.
“West Indies are [some] of the most dangerous competitors. The way they play cricket is fearless. You can’t expect what’s coming. You’ve got to be ready in all departments,” he said. “We know their strengths, but they have weaknesses as well, we’ll try to exploit that.”