ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma not only batting well but helping opening partners perform, says Sanjay Bangar

Rohit Sharma struck 103 against Sri Lanka in India's seven-wicket victory at Headingley, and that win, combined with Australia's defeat to South Africa, clinched top spot for India after the league stage

Press Trust of India, Jul 07, 2019 18:42:26 IST

Leeds: Rohit Sharma is in the form of his life with a record fifth century in the ongoing World Cup, but for India batting coach Sanjay Bangar, it is the way he has helped his opening partners in the larger interest of the team that is most noteworthy.

The stylish opener struck 103 against Sri Lanka in India's seven-wicket victory at Headingley, and that win, combined with Australia's defeat to South Africa, clinched top spot for India after the league stage.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma not only batting well but helping opening partners perform, says Sanjay Bangar

File image of Rohit Sharma. AP

Rohit's opening partner KL Rahul (111) also got in on the act, much to Bangar's delight.

"What is remarkable is the consistency (Sharma) has shown in this tournament because it's very easy for any batter to rest on past laurels. But he has come out in each and every innings and started in the same fashion," Bangar said about Rohit, who went past former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who hit four centuries in the 2015 World Cup.

"The way he has helped his partner at the other end, whether it was in the Australia game where he helped Shikhar (Dhawan) out of a difficult phase ... now he is helping KL Rahul out in the middle and here he also flowered. So, that is all team work and I'm really glad that he is doing all this for the team on a consistent basis."

India finished the group stages with seven wins and a defeat from eight completed games, along with a washed out encounter against New Zealand.

They will face the Black Caps in Manchester in the first semi-final on Tuesday in their quest to move one step closer to a third World Cup title.

Bangar said the key will be to focus on their own game, rather than worrying about what the opposition will do or the fact they are one game from the final.

"We are just keen to get on and play the semi-final as soon as possible. We need to keep doing the things we are doing at the moment," said the former India all-rounder.

"We have always maintained that we are looking at our internal parameters. If we are hitting our internal indicators, then we will be playing at our best and that is what we aspire to do.

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Updated Date: Jul 07, 2019 18:42:26 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254