All 16 captains will strive to lead their country to World Cup glory as the tournament kicks off with the qualifying round on October 16 in Australia.
On the eve of the opening of the qualifying phase of the T20 World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on October 15 released a photo with the 16 captains in a frame, taken during the event “Captains ‘Day’ in Melbourne. The captains all gathered for the first time to interact with the media and also share some warm words with their counterparts.
The Captains’ Day event marks the start of the eighth edition of the T20 World Cup, this time hosted in Australia, where the host nation will also defend the title they won last year.
After the event, the captains huddled together for a casual ‘selfie’ moment with Australian skipper Aaron Finch taking over as cameraman.
The festivities then continued as the captains gathered to wish Pakistani skipper Babar Azam a happy 28th birthday, with a heart-warming cake-cutting ceremony.
Speaking during the media interaction, India captain Rohit Sharma recalled what the T20 World Cup means to him and how the format has evolved, especially after winning the trophy in the first final of the tournament.
“It’s been a long time, since 2007. When I was chosen for the World Cup, I literally went there with no expectations. I just wanted to enjoy, it was my very first World Cup. I had no idea what it was like to be part of the World Cup until we won it.
“From there to now it’s been a long journey. The game has evolved so much. You can see the difference in how it’s played now compared to how it was in 2007.”
“140-150 was a good score back then. Now teams try to achieve that in 14-15 overs. Teams take risks without worrying about the outcome now. That’s something our team tries too to do.”
India open their campaign with a blockbuster game against rivals Pakistan in the Super 12 stage on October 23.
Speaking about the highly anticipated fixture, Pakistan captain Babar Azam said: “Whenever you play against India, it’s always a high intensity game. The fans are also waiting for this match, we appreciate the contest on the pitch. We try to play cricket well and try to give our best.
First post: STI