Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma, from an archived photo

After Virat Kohli stepped down as captain in 2021, Rohit Sharma was named to lead India in all three formats.

The Indian cricket team’s lengthy wait for an ICC trophy could finally come to an end as the Cricket World Cup 2023 gets underway. India hasn’t been as successful on the international level since 2011 when they won the ODI World Cup and 2013 when they won an ICC trophy. Rohit Sharma, who will lead India in the ODI World Cup for the first time, spoke candidly about his time as captain, recognizing that Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were deserving of the position before him.

Rohit remarked in an interview with Indian Express that he thought he would be the national team captain when he was 26 or 27, but that you can’t always obtain what you want in life.

You should be around 26 or 27 years old, in the height of your prime, to do this. However, you should not expect to always get your way. You mention the mainstays of the Indian squad when discussing Indian captaincy. There were plenty of other deserving guys on the team. It’s very understandable that I had to queue up. Before me there was Virat and before him MS (Dhoni),” he said.

Rohit also mentioned a few more Indian team greats who didn’t get to serve as captain for too long.

“Look at all the great Indian cricket players who aren’t on the list, such as Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag. Keep Yuvraj Singh in mind. He was never India’s captain. As a consistent match-winner for India, Yuvraj deserved the captaincy at one point but never got it. This is just the way things are. I understand now, and for that I am thankful. I’d rather wait until I have the experience and knowledge to properly lead a team before assuming that role. rather than when I haven’t yet learned the basic tenets of leadership. That being said, this is positive.

Rohit has stated that the Indian team has recruited more pacers in order to keep them fresh for the World Cup final.

To reach the World Cup final, a team must first advance through 11 rounds. Even though 2019 was the last time we played this format, fitting 11 ODIs into 1.5 months is no easy feat. We’re in for a lengthy World Cup. None of our pacers can afford to malfunction at this time. That’s why we’ve decided to pick even more of them.

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