In the aftermath of India‘s disheartening loss in the ODI World Cup 2023 final against Australia, the cricketing fraternity finds itself divided in opinions on the performance of the Men in Blue. The Rohit Sharma-led side, after succumbing to a six-wicket defeat at the hands of the Aussies at the Narendra Modi Stadium, received both criticism and commendation for their journey in the tournament.

Although some observers questioned the team’s strategy and execution in the pinnacle showdown, many lauded them for their remarkable cricketing display throughout the competition. Adding to the post-tournament discourse, former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble has emerged as a prominent voice, making a noteworthy statement on Rohit and Virat Kohli‘s performance and role in India’s campaign in the 13th edition of the ODI World Cup.

Kumble on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

Kumble expressed sadness that Virat and Rohit couldn’t lift the trophy in the end but highlighted their significant contributions throughout the tournament. The Bengaluru-born cricketer specifically acknowledged Rohit’s role in providing strong starts for India and Virat’s crucial role in ensuring the team achieved competitive scores.

“It is sad that the two of them couldn’t hold the trophy at the end, those two players certainly stood up for India in every moment. It was Rohit giving India the start, and then Virat ensuring that India got the score that they eventually reached,” Kumble said during a discussion on ESPNcricinfo.

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Kumble on Virat’s 50 ODI centuries

Kumble acknowledged Virat’s monumental achievement of reaching 50 ODI centuries, considering it a massive feat. However, the spin maestro underscored that the true significance lies in winning the World Cup and hoisting the trophy rather than personal milestones.

“To get to 50 ODI hundreds is a massive achievement. In all of that, I don’t think any of that would count, but for having that World Cup trophy in your hand.” the 53-year-old added.

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