Asia Cup 2018: Humid conditions a challenge, but Rohit Sharma’s India ready to rumble
Rohit Sharma's India team plays Hong Kong and Pakistan in successive games. @AFP

Rohit Sharma, India’s captain at the 2018 Asia Cup, believes that his team can cope with the humid conditions and the condensed nature of the tournament as it returns to ODI cricket after nearly two months.

Speaking to reporters in Dubai on Monday ahead of India’s opening game versus Hong Kong, Rohit addressed the humidity and the challenges the conditions pose. “I think for us, as a team, obviously a lot of the guys have come from England so for them its going to be a challenge. For the rest of us, we’ve been here for four days and I can say that we are very much used to the conditions,” he said.

“But still, without a doubt its going to be tough. We’re treating each team as equals. We’re not looking at the opposition, we’re looking at what we want to do as a team and improve as a team. There are a lot of games coming up for us including the big World Cup, so it is important to focus as a team on what we want to do. If you do that, all the worries [and] issues will take care of itself. Conditions are not going to be that easy, but its game time now and we have to focus on that rather than the conditions.”

Asked about how India plan to cope with the challenge of consecutive matches with Hong Kong and Pakistan, and whether they intend to rotate their fast bowlers, Rohit said that he was not looking far ahead.

“We want to see how each individual goes, how they fare in each game, how they react to the situations and conditions and based on that we might take decisions,” he said. “We want to give chances to as many guys as possible, [but] at the same time we want to make sure that people who are in form continue to play as many games as possible. For now, it is important that we take it one game at a time and think about how individuals respond to the conditions.”

India are based in Dubai, and from what he had seen of the conditions so far, Rohit was aware of what lay ahead.

“We haven’t played here since the IPL in 2014,” he said. “Tomorrow is a perfect chance for us to assess the conditions, the wicket and the dimensions of the ground because it is important that you understand all of that. From whatever I saw of the last two games, the wicket doesn’t look that bad. Its going to get slower and slower as the game progresses so we might have to adapt to that. I think we have the perfect combination to do the job.”