Though the Indian team was one of the last to adopt the T20 format in international cricket, playing its first match in 2006 under the captaincy of Virender Sehwag; it made immediate impact by winning the inaugural World T20 in 2007 which was held in South Africa, setting a revolution in the country which gave birth to the Indian Premier League a year later.
Since then the Indian team has made it into the finals of the tournament once in 2014 and then in semi-finals in 2016. This year 2020 will also see a T20 World Cup take place in Australia and the Indian team is considered to be one of the favourites to win the title, despite being ranked fifth in the official ICC rankings and the majority of their success rests on the starts given by their star opener Rohit Sharma. He has the most centuries in the format and is the second-highest run-getter as well, along with the joint-fastest ton.
‘It is just about doing what we need to do in Australia’: Rohit Sharma
The designated vice-captain of the team, Rohit Sharma is considered to be one of the greatest openers in the T20 format where he reigns at the top with four centuries to his name. his limited-overs record in Australia is wonderful and is looking forward to playing the mega ICC event down under, which India is yet to win one more time.
“It is a long way from the World Cup. We are preparing for that, (and) a lot of guys are getting ready for that. (It) means there are a lot of spots we need to fill. It is a work in progress. Anyway, the 15-20 guys we have are all really good and have performed really well and are very confident. It is just about doing what we need to do in Australia and then try and win that World Cup,” Rohit was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
Sharma has been one of the best batsmen in recent times in all formats and had a brilliant 2019 where he scored five centuries in the ICC World Cup in England and made more than 2400 runs in all formats as an opener. He is a key player for India with not only the bat but in a leadership position as well.
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