Rohit Sharma targets playing in upcoming 50-over WC and WTC final


PTI, Apr 12, 2024, 4:19 PM IST

ANI Image

With the hurt of India’s defeats to Australia in the WTC and the World Cup finals still burning his mind, skipper Rohit Sharma nourishes the dream of playing in those tournaments’ upcoming editions in 2025 and 2027.

The 36-year-old Rohit was part of India’s 2007 T20 World Cup victory, but he counts the 50-over showpiece as the real stuff.

”I am playing well at the moment and I am thinking of continuing for a few more years. I really want to win that World Cup. The 50-over World Cup is the actual World Cup. We have grown up watching the 50-over World Cup.

”There is the World Test Championship final happening at Lord’s in 2025. Hopefully, we will make it there,” Rohit said in a YouTube chat show – Breakfast With Champions – that was also attended by British pop singer Ed Sheeran.

Six months have passed since India succumbed to Australia in the World Cup final at Ahmedabad, but Rohit found it tough to come to terms with that defeat. ”It was happening in India. We played well until that final. When we won the semis, I thought, we were just one step away from it (victory). I thought, what’s that one thing that can make us lose that final, and honestly, nothing came to my mind,” he said.

The Mumbaikar eventually found a shelter in that ready answer – one bad day on the field. ”We’d ticked all the boxes, we were playing good cricket, confidence was there. But that was one bad day and the Aussies had a very good day. I don’t think we played bad cricket in that final,” he noted. However, Rohit found some solace in India’s resounding 4-1 Test series win over England recently at home.

But the Indian captain said the series was not a cakewalk as the eventual scoreline suggested. ”You might enter the field with a plan, but when you see things moving differently, you have to change it. ”When we played recently against England, we came across a different team, they were playing cricket differently. Each batter came and challenged us. So, we had to change our mindset,” he said.

Rohit did not find it amusing that the visiting teams have a tough time on Indian shores, and in fact, he equated himself with their travails. ”It is difficult to win away from home. They make life difficult when you are away. It is the same for other countries as well because it is not easy when they come to India. You want to take advantage of that (home conditions),” he explained.

It brought the talk to his favourite moment in Test cricket, and the elegant right-hander picked his maiden hundred as the most cherished one. Batting at No. 6, Rohit made a 301-ball 177 against the West Indies at Kolkata, which was also the farewell series of Sachin Tendulkar. ”India is all about scoring that hundred and then the crowd erupts. My first hundred was in a Test match at Kolkata. It was Sachin Tendulkar’s 199th Test, so the stadium was packed, some 70000 people in the stadium. Probably it was (the best moment),” he added. ‘IPL has grown so much’ =============== Rohit, who has not missed a season of the Indian Premier League since its inception in 2008, said now there was no weak team in the league, a remarkable shapeshifting from its early years.

”IPL has grown so much in the last decade or so and every team is now competitive. I don’t think there is any weak team in the IPL. It is something like EPL first division where any team can beat any team. ”But it was not like that when it started off. Now, there is so much technology involved, people are aware what gaps are to be filled, so they get the right players from the auction etc,” he offered. Rohit also shared his memory of playing alongside the legendary Shane Warne in the IPL. ”I used to play against Shane when he was leading Rajasthan Royals and I was with (now-extinct) Deccan (Chargers). He got superb cricketing brains, and he thinks about cricket in a different angle. ”Adam Gilchrist was his teammate (in Australia), and he played for us (Chargers) and he used to tell us how good he was. Even while commentating he (Warne) used to predict what’s going to happen in the next two or three balls.”

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

PM waived loans of 22 people but couldn’t give Rs 9,000 cr for HP monsoon disaster: Rahul

Congress alleges Kerala Ministers “lied” about liquor policy, demands judicial probe

Opposition alliance will change Constitution, give reservation to Muslims: PM

Gujarat HC takes suo motu cognizance of Rajkot game zone fire, calls it man-made disaster

Akola hottest city in Maharashtra at over 45 degree Celsius; district collector imposes Section 144

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: In a keen contest from Bathinda seat, ‘Badal bahu’ Harsimrat fights for fourth term

“Aa bail mujhe maar”, says SC about poll panel’s Voter Turnout app

Related Articles More

Watch: First batch of Indian players depart for US ahead of T20 World Cup

The run’s going to stop at some point: Cummins

Badminton: PV Sindhu one step away from Malaysia Masters title

How I should be rated as captain is up to you people: Shreyas Iyer amid hype about Gambhir

KKR vs SRH: Guru Gambhir’s head versus Captain Cummins’ heart in high-stakes final

MUST WATCH

Peacock rescued from well

Popular Guruprasad Restaurant

Haralukote Shri Anjaneya Swamy |Udayavani

Caring For Your Newborn baby

Sri Lanka temple


Latest Additions

PM waived loans of 22 people but couldn’t give Rs 9,000 cr for HP monsoon disaster: Rahul

Congress alleges Kerala Ministers “lied” about liquor policy, demands judicial probe

Odisha: BJP candidate arrested for allegedly vandalising EVM

Naxal problem will be over in next 2-3 years, says Amit Shah

Naxal problem will be over in next 2-3 years, says Amit Shah

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.