India not thinking about winning or losing ahead of World Cup my only concern: Clarke

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke said on Friday that he is a bit concerned about India’s chopping and changing strategy ahead of the World Cup. Clarke opined that India are not “too concerned” about winning or losing at the moment and are rather focussing on getting their combination right for the quadrennial showpiece event.Michael Clarke’s comments come after India were whitewashed in the two-match T20I series by Australia earlier this week. India had left out their go-to spinner Kuldeep Yadav from the squad and also rotated their openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.Speaking after the series loss in Bengaluru, captain Virat Kohli had said the team management wanted to give game time to “everyone” and see how they reacted. However, Kohli shot back at a scribe who had asked whether the team is experimenting at the cost of winning the series on the eve of the five-match ODI series on Friday.Kohli had said India are playing the series to win and insisted Australia won the T20I series because they were a better side. “From outside, it’s easy to say, they don’t have the heart to play. We always want to win games for India,” Kohli had said.Stressing that as a former captain, his approach would have been to win all the games in the lead up to the World Cup, Clarke, at India Today Conclave 2019 in New Delhi, said: “My only concern with India’s approach in the first two T20s against Australia and in the current series is that they are not too concerned about winning or losing those games.advertisement”Listening to Virat talking after the last T20, these ODIs their approach is going to be the same, they are going to try a few players whom they are going to take in the 15 to the World Cup. That would be a little bit different from my approach. My attitude leading up to the World Cup was trying and winning every game to get the momentum and get confidence into our group.”Clarke also pointed out that the pressure of the “favourite tag” should only spur on top teams at the World Cup and not the other way around.”I don’t think there’s anything wrong about being the favourites, it’s all about the attitude. I think back in 2007, when Australia won the World Cup in the Caribbean, we were the favourites, we didn’t lose a single game and went on to win the World Cup. The tag of the favourites perhaps enhanced the way we wanted to play, like favourites. Yes we had so much of experience in that team and that perhaps made it easier as well,” Clarke added.”Sometimes I do feel that if you put a tournament at a very high pedestal, it may be hard to reach sometimes.”Also Read | Playing to win series vs Aus or else I’ll leave the ball to hit the stumps: Virat KohliAlso Read | Don’t think India will be under extra pressure vs Pakistan at 2019 World Cup: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Mithali Raj ready to give 2021 Women’s World Cup a shotAlso See:last_img