Nottingham, July 11: With the ICC 2019 World Cup slated to be held in Britain, Indian cricket team vice-captain Rohit Sharma feels the One-Day International (ODI) series against England will be a crucial one as it will help to access his side’s preparation for the mega event.
Talking to reporters on the eve of the first one-dayer, Rohit said: “With the World Cup in England exactly a year later, in terms of preparations, it will be good for us to see where we stand as a team.
“What sort of combinations, targets can be available for us. What we need to do to move forward as a team. This tour brings another challenge for us.”
Rohit also said that India has performed well in England in limited-overs cricket and would once again play as per their strategies.
“As a team, we have done well in English conditions. We have responded well to the challenges. This English team will put us under pressure,” he said.
“It will important for us, to play to stick to our strengths and strategies. Then we will be fine,” he added.
Commenting on Thursday’s game, Rohit hinted that despite the nature of wickets, his side will prefer to chase however, it all depends on the toss.
Notably, the wicket at Tent Bridge has been a batting paradise and it was the same venue where England had scripted a world record in ODI history after putting a massive 481/6 on board against Australia recently. IANS