We will not repeat the same mistakes in WTC Final, says Rohit Sharma

They will face Australia from June 7

By Web Desk
June 06, 2023
Rohit Sharma speaks during a press conference — ICC

Indian captain Rohit Sharma stated that his side will not be making the same mistakes in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia which will begin on June 7 at The Oval like they did against New Zealand two years ago.

India will be without their star pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant as they were ruled out due to injuries.

"Last time we played we did make a few mistakes, which we have already spoken about in this group," Rohit said at The Oval on Tuesday.

"There are a few guys missing from that squad, but we are quite excited about the score as well and it is a good challenge to have.”

Talking about the mistakes India committed in their previous WTC Final against New Zealand which they lost by eight wickets in 2021, Sharma was confident that his team will not repeat them.

"We know exactly what went wrong for us in the last Championship Final, so hopefully we will not repeat those kind of things,” the 36-year-old said.

"You don't want to repeat mistakes that can get the better results eventually. We have played the opposition a fair bit in the last two or three months so we know what they are capable of - so it's just about considering all the factors and pulling it through."

The Indian skipper also stated that he will wait till tomorrow before naming his starting line-up as so much depends on the unpredictable weather of England.

"The weather forecast looks all right, but in terms of the combination, I think it's better that we wait until tomorrow," Rohit added.

Earlier, Former Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram advised Indian pacers to stay patient and not give away extra runs in the first overs of the WTC final.

The 57-year-old also said that Indian pacers are experienced and they should not get ahead of themselves.

"These guys are experienced, and they shouldn’t get carried away (with the new ball)," he said.