Last Update on: October 3rd, 2023 at 11:13 pm
The veteran India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has said that the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 could be the last ODI World Cup that India captain Rohit Sharma is playing.
Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, India are set to take part in the ICC World Cup 2023 at home and they will be entering the competition as hot favorites to clinch the title.
Meanwhile, Karthik believes that the 36-year-old Rohit has achieved enormous success in his already legendary career and he might not be able to participate in the next 50-over Cricket World Cup.
“He (Rohit Sharma) is made for big things and has achieved a lot in his career. In many ways, this could be his last ODI World Cup. He’s been a very close friend of mine. We have literally grown together as players and as people,” Dinesh Karthik said on Cricbuzz.
“He has a lovely family today, is a proper family man, and spends a lot of time in Mumbai with them, but most importantly, he is somebody who always remembers his roots. Even today, his closest friends are the same people who were there with him 20 years ago.”
He is somebody who has changed his game so much – Dinesh Karthik on Rohit Sharma
Dinesh Karthik also said that the Indian captain has made huge changes to his game and he no longer cares about runs, instead, his focus is on providing his side with good starts and winning matches. Dinesh Karthik elaborated:
“He is somebody who has changed his game so much. He was the highest run-getter in the 2019 World Cup. Even if he gets half the runs, I don’t think he will care. He has said himself that he doesn’t care about the runs he gets. It’s all about trying to win this World Cup.
“The one that he has made sure is to walk the talk. He is always in a hurry to get Team India off to a good start and putting the opponent bowlers to rest.”
India’s two warm-up matches against England and Netherlands were washed out due to rain and now the Rohit Sharma-led side are set to take on Australia in Chennai on October 8 in their World Cup opener.