India won't shy away from giving it back if sledged: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma on verbal duels and India's chances against Australia in the World Cup semi-final on Thursday.
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma said that he and his fellow teammates wouldn't cross the line during their World Cup semi-final clash against Australia at the SCG on Thursday, before adding that if Michael Clarke and Co. try their hand at sledging, they won't shy away from giving it back either.
The 27-year-old was involved in a verbal spat with Australia’s David Warner during the Carlton Mid-tri series game that was held in Australia in January, an incident which resulted in Warner being fined 50% of his match fees for his ‘speak in English’ comments.
"A bit of sledging is okay as long as boundaries are not crossed. The Indian team will not cross the line, but we will not back down either," Rohit said.
Spinners will hold the key: Rohit
Rohit sounded optimistic about his team’s chances of winning the semi-final and said that this side knows how to play in big games. "Of course we can win, no question about it. We know how to play big games. Spinners have been vital, responsibility will be on openers,” he said.
When asked if he had a look at the deck that will be on offer for the match, the opener said that his team wasn't too worried about the pitch factor. "It does not worry us what sort of wicket we get because we are confident of doing well on any surface,” the Mumbaikar said.
"We have taken 70 wickets in seven matches, bowled out the opposition every time, so we know what we need to do," he added.