In the recently concluded ODI World Cup 2023, Team India‘s exceptional performance led them to become the first team to qualify for the tournament’s finals, raising expectations of a trophy lift. However, their aspirations were dashed when they faced the Australians in the summit clash.
The Aussies, led by Pat Cummins, dominated the match, securing a 6-wicket victory and leaving the dreams of millions of Indian cricket enthusiasts shattered. Captain Rohit Sharma, along with players like Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj, was visibly emotional after the heartbreaking defeat.
India’s ICC title drought raises questions
India’s last ICC tournament victory dates back to 2013 when they clinched the Champions Trophy under the leadership of MS Dhoni. With the next ICC event scheduled for 2025, approximately 18 months away, concerns are emerging about Rohit’s future as the captain of Team India. At 36 years old, Rohit’s longevity in international cricket raises speculation about his captaincy in the coming years.
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Chetan Sharma shares his take on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy
In the wake of India’s World Cup final loss, former India cricketer and chief selector, Chetan Sharma, addressed questions about Rohit’s captaincy during an India TV interview. Responding to a fan’s query, Chetan praised Rohit’s leadership throughout the tournament and emphasized that a player’s overall standing should not be judged based on a single match.
“Rohit Sharma led India superbly throughout the tournament. No player becomes the best or worst after one good or bad match. It’s okay; India floundered in the final, but we cannot do anything. I will not judge or analyze Rohit Sharma and his captaincy based on just one match. Yes, we didn’t score much with the bat in the final, but Australia ended up winning in the end,” said Chetan.
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