Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Rohit said the onus now lies on the team to win the World Cup for Dravid as he surely would desire to be part of this significant occasion.
“His role has been absolutely massive, getting that clarity, which I keep talking about. There’s one thing for me to think about and the other thing if the coach does not agree to certain things. You know, looking at how Rahul bhai has played his cricket and how I’m playing these days. Obviously, it’s got quite contrasting. For him to give us that liberty to go and play the way we want to play, says a lot about him,” said Rohit.
“The way he stood by the players in difficult times especially during the T20 World Cup, where we had a good run up until that semifinal, where we lost. How he reacted to certain situations and informing the players was helpful. He wants to be part of this big occasion, and it’s for us to do it for him,” he added.
Rohit also commended Dravid for creating a positive environment within the team, emphasising that players are not affected by external distractions or criticism.
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“I am very happy about the environment created by me & Rahul Bhai – players have responded well, without worrying about the outside noise or scores of a particular match,” he said.
India will take on Australia in the high-octane summit clash at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.