‘We are here to win the World Cup’

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'We are here to win the World Cup'
'We are here to win the World Cup'

Indian opener Rohit Sharma said that the Indian team’s mission is to win the World Cup as India will meet the Aussies in the second semi-final encounter tomorrow at SCG.

“Our mission is to win the World Cup,” said batsman Rohit Sharma. “So when we finished the Tri-Series, I know it was two and a half months then, none of the guys thought about going back.

“We were right there and we just wanted to feel history. Yeah, it’s been tough, but … we have to make the last four months we spent here work by staying in the semi-finals and finals.”

Indians are in Australia for past four months and during this they lost the Border-Gavaskar Test Series and also the Tri-Series between India, Australia and England just before the start of the World Cup campaign.

No one has expected the side to reach here but the Indians have performed like defending champions and yet to be defeated in this World Cup as they already won all the seven games as a team.

The main concerns of the team was the pace bowling attack. But Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma have performed much above the expectations.

“We’re playing some different cricket now,” said Rohit.

“So what happened (before) we never wanted to carry into the World Cup. We always spoke about this. We know how important the World Cup is and to come out and play some good cricket.”

He holds the world record for the highest score in a One Day International (264) and like his team mates, he has found form at just the right time.

Last week he was named man of the match after scoring his first World Cup century in the quarter-finals against Bangladesh.

“We’ve all played big games … so it brings the best out of everyone during those big matches,” he said. “So, yes, we’re looking forward to this and hopefully it will be an exciting contest.”