Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India can breathe a sigh of relief ahead of their all-important T20 World Cup semifinal clash against England in Adelaide on Thursday as skipper Rohit Sharma seems to have revived from the injury. 

Rohit was hit on his right hand during the warm-up session in Adelaide on Tuesday. He was hit by a rising delivery of sidearm thrower Raghu in the net session. The right-hander had to sit out of the warm-up session following the development. He tried to continue batting after being hit on his hand, but to no avail.

However, as per Rohit he is fine now and looking forward to lead the team in the semifinal match against England.

“There was a little bruise. But I am absolutely fine now,” said Rohit during the pre-match press conference on Wednesday.

Rohit insisted that it is important for his side to not think too much about what would happen in future and stick to the processes which propelled them to get to the knockouts.

“It’s important to not get ahead of ourselves and we do understand as well that we have to play good cricket to win that game, which we have done in this tournament. We just need to stick to it,” said Rohit.

Though Rohit acknowledged that India are two steps away from ending a nine-year wait for a World Cup trophy, he added that his side will stick to what has worked for them in the tournament till now. 

“It’s an opportunity for us to come and do that (get the silverware). But we do understand it’s been a long process for us and we will stick to our process. I know we are (a) long way away from it (winning the trophy). But I think it’s important to understand that it’s a contest between bat and ball, which we have to come out on top with and trust what you have been doing so far,” said the Team India captain.

Rohit is struggling with his form in the ongoing T20 World Cup. He has managed just 89 runs in five innings at a below-par average of 17.80 and a lowly strike rate of 109.87. Apart from his 53-run effort against the Dutch, the aggressive opener has not scored more than 15 in any of his other innings.

However, the explosive right-hander has been highly praised by some English players for his cool head and tactical acumen as a skipper.

Notably, India have finished on top of Group 2 following a victory over minnow Zimbabwe in their last Super 12 match.