Rohit Sharma Confident Of India's Big-Match Skills
India’s opening batsman Rohit Sharma believes that the defending champions' ability to raise their game in crunch matches will give them confidence going into Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against Australia.
Rohit, who compiled a classy century in the quarter-final, exuded confidence on his side’s chances of defeating an Australian team that has never lost a World Cup semi-final previously.
"We know how to play big games,” said Rohit to the media.
“Spinners have been vital, responsibility on will be on openers."
The opening batsman has a tremendous record against Australia, with three of his seven One-Day International centuries coming against the tournament co-hosts including a double-century.
Rohit, who had a quiet World Cup in the league stages, rose to the occasion in the quarter-final with a mature knock of 137 under extreme pressure.
Despite compiling a match-winning knock, Rohit refused to take all the credit and instead praised teammate Suresh Raina who had notched up a quick-fire fifty.
"I think more than my half century at that stage, it was Suresh Raina's fifty that changed the momentum of the game.
“He scored at run-a-ball and changed the course of the game playing those shots.
“It completely put Bangladesh in a different position.
“They had an upper-hand initially but then Raina just came in and turned it in our favour."
Having been unbeaten in the tournament so far India have extended their winning in streak in World Cups to 11 matches with their last defeat coming against South Africa in the 2011 edition.
Rohit credited the team’s stupendous success to their ability to perform as a unit in all facets of the game.
"We have posted good scores, chased well and the bowlers have picked up 70 wickets in seven games.
“The fielders too have shown a lot of energy and we are doing well in unison.
“This shows that our team has a lot of caliber.”
India and Australia will be facing each other for the first time in a World Cup semi-final when the two sides meet on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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