It was six years after international debut in 2007 that Rohit Sharma became a regular fixture in the Indian team. Rohit Sharma was part of India’s squad that won the Champions Trophy in 2013; however, being one of the best teams, the men in blue have fallen short one or two steps since then from lifting an ICC trophy. The 33-year old has recalled India’s heartbreaking exit from the latest tournament and is keen to get it right moving forward.
India entered the 2019 World Cup as one of the favourites to lift the title and topped the group stage, enduring only one loss. Rohit Sharma, who opened the innings, had scored five centuries and marked his territory in the tournament. It all came crashing down in the semi-final when Virat Kohli’s men lost a low-scoring game to New Zealand. Their top three, which was responsible for carrying them to the knockout stages failed miserably, sealing their exit.
Rohit Sharma lamented that one bad day at the office resulted in their elimination from the competition. The limited-overs vice-captain underlined India’s quality in all the departments and was unfathomable of how they could not win despite that. However, he wants to set the record straight moving forward and keen to win World Cups, whether a 50-over or 20-over tournament. With India hosting next year’s T20 World Cup, the men in blue will likely lift the title.
“And one bad day in the office and we were out of the tournament. It’s very hard if you had to re-think about it. But again, the only thing that I wasn’t able to understand was despite having a team like that, we couldn’t go through. We had everything, we had good bowlers, batsmen. But then, life moves on, you have to move on, there was so much cricket that was coming up after that as well. But I want to win World Cups, that’s my dream, be it T20 or 50-overs,” Rohit stated as quoted by India Today.
“It was a hard pill to swallow” : Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma further stated that the loss was challenging to deal with since everything had been going right for them, including being in the right mental space. Rohit remembers enjoying each other’s company quite a lot.
“It was a hard pill to swallow and it wasn’t easy because of the team that we had and the cricket that we were playing in the entire tournament. In the lead-up to the WC, we were all in good form, we were also in good space mentally, we were enjoying each other’s company. Everything was going pretty well,” he added.