'If we play like…': Harbhajan Singh on Rohit Sharma-led Indian team's title chances in T20 World Cup | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: India competes in another CPI tournament, ICC T20 World Cup 2024, just six months after their last outing (ICC ODI World Cup 2023). Directed by Rohit Sharma, Team India had a significant opportunity to win an ICC title at home last year, a feat they have not achieved since 2013. However, they lost the title clash against Australia in Ahmedabad. India had qualified for the final after winning all their group matches and the semi-finals. -final but were beaten by six wickets in the final, with Australia winning their sixth ODI World Cup title.
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Now, India have entered the ICC T20 World Cup, which is being held in the USA and West Indies, once again as one of the favourites.
India began their campaign on a winning note, defeating Ireland by eight wickets at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.
Their next mission is a high-stakes match against arch-rivals Pakistan, which will be played at the same venue where India won their opening match of the tournament.

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Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh believes the Men in Blue must play as a team and that a 'we' mentality can propel them to a title win.
“Rohit is not alone; it is about 'us'. If we play as a united team, thinking about collective success rather than individual achievements, then we can win. But if we only focus on goals personal, things get difficult the 'we' mentality, and that's where things come alive,” said Harbhajan, cricket expert and commentator on Star Sports Press Room.



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Rohit Sharma, 36, is determined to win an ICC trophy that has eluded India since their ICC Champions Trophy win in 2013.
India's last T20 World Cup victory came in the inaugural edition in 2007, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the team to a five-run victory over Pakistan in the final. This remains India's only title in the history of the tournament.
Since their triumph in 2007, India have reached the final only once in eight editions, finishing runners-up in the 2014 tournament in Bangladesh after losing to Sri Lanka by six wickets.

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“Dhoni was a new captain and he needed the support of all of us. Before matches against teams like Australia, New Zealand and England, our core group would meet during the match to strategize for the next overs. For example, in “In a match against Australia, I played the crucial 17th or 18th overs because if we managed to give away just 4 runs, it saved us a lot,” Harbhajan said. .
“Back then, batters did not score 25 runs in an over, unlike today. Decision-making was always a team effort. When you play together as a united team, you win more competitions. Dhoni was a great listener, taking collective decisions It benefited the team It was never about individual performances but playing as 'us', the former spinner said. TimesofIndia.com.

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