"Everything went according to plan. We wanted to be aggressive, play the cricket we are known to play. At the start of the tournament this was something which wasn't happening. We saw the guys playing a lot more freely now," Rohit said.

"The average score here has been 170 plus. We just wanted to bat normally because we know at Eden the wicket is always good. It is important to have wickets in hand to build partnerships and get the momentum. Me and Lendl (Simmons) got a very good partnership and then (Kieron) Pollard and (Ambati) Rayadu finished off really well," said Rohit, referring to Pollard and Rayadu's partnership which yielded 71 runs from 40 ball.

The right-handed batsman added that he has been immensely supported by former Australia captain and Mumbai head coach Ricky Ponting, who has helped him enhance his captaincy skills."As a captain I keep things simple, stick to my strengths and listen to myself a lot in the field. Ponting has played a huge part as he has come and helped me in my captaincy," said Rohit.

"He has been such a wonderful skipper for Australia and he brings that experience with him. In 2013 too when we won the title, he was guiding the team. Sometimes things weren't going as planned and as a leader of the pack I had to stay calm, so it feels good that all the strategies and planning finally paid off."

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