Rohit Sharma was unexpectedly informed during a press conference that he becomes emotional when the national anthem is played before a cricket match. He responded with his typical sense of humor.
India is set to face Pakistan in a highly anticipated match at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium during the 2023 ODI World Cup. The Indian team remains undefeated in the tournament, securing victories over Australia by six wickets in Chennai and Afghanistan by eight wickets in Delhi.
In Rohit Sharma’s press conferences, there’s often a moment of humor where the Indian captain showcases his wit. Such an instance occurred during Friday’s press conference. A journalist playfully acted out Rohit getting emotional during the national anthem before a game, humorously suggesting that the Indian captain is teary-eyed each time. Rohit was surprised by this observation and replied:
“Kya baat kar rahe ho, aankh se aansu?” [What are you saying, tears flowing from eyes?].
Before Rohit could answer, the journalists found the situation amusing, likely anticipating his response. The reporter then clarified that he meant Rohit becomes emotional during the national anthem. Rohit acknowledged this and replied seriously:
“Everyone gets emotional [when the national anthem is played].”
Rohit has emphasized in multiple media interactions that representing the nation holds great significance for him, and it’s a privilege he will forever hold dear.
“You feel nice about playing in front of your home crowd” – Rohit Sharma on fans’ support
Team India is consistently under pressure to perform, regardless of the location. The expectations are magnified when they play on home turf, such as in the ongoing ODI World Cup. Nonetheless, Rohit doesn’t see home support as a potential drawback.
“I don’t think there is any disadvantage. You feel nice about playing in front of your home crowd. They get behind you no matter what the situation of the game is. I look at this as a big advantage. Eventually, it boils down to playing good cricket and doing whatever it takes to win the match,” he asserted.
When asked about their preference for playing on black soil or red soil, Rohit made it clear that it doesn’t make a difference to the team.
“That’s the good thing about this team. It doesn’t matter what wicket we play on. I don’t decide what wicket we need to play on. Whether it is black or red soil, we’ve got guys who can adapt to those kinds of pitches,” he elaborated.
India and Pakistan will face each other for the eighth time in the ODI World Cup on Saturday. India maintains a perfect 7-0 record against their arch-rivals in this tournament.