Rohit Sharma, India’s dynamic opener, is gearing up to lead Team India in the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023, scheduled to commence on October 5th in India. Rohit Sharma holds a pivotal role in the current Indian cricket lineup. This World Cup marks his debut as the captain in this prestigious tournament, and he is determined to end India’s 12-year wait for the title. India’s last ODI World Cup victory came in 2011, and since then, they have been unable to clinch the championship.
Reflecting on his captaincy journey, Rohit Sharma suggested that the ideal age to take on captaincy responsibilities is around 26-27. However, he also acknowledged that life doesn’t always align with one’s desires. He recognizes the rich history of Indian cricket and the presence of stalwarts in the team who could have been captains. Rohit had to patiently await his turn, following in the footsteps of leaders like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.
He remarked in an interview with the Indian Express, “That’s life. I got it now, and I am grateful for it. I would rather have it when I know how to captain a team, when I know what is required and all, rather than when I don’t know the ABCD of captaincy. So, in that respect, this is good.”
Rohit Sharma stressed the significance of maintaining player fitness, given that the World Cup will extend over one and a half months. Consequently, the team has opted to include more pacers in the squad.
“A team needs to play 11 games to reach the World Cup final. The last time we played this format was in 2019, but playing 11 ODIs in one-and-a-half months is no easy task. It’s a lengthy World Cup. We want to ensure none of our fast bowlers suffer injuries, which is why we’ve selected more of them,” Rohit explained.