Yuvi eager to see Rohit lift the ICC World Cup

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 07, 2024 IST

Rohit Sharma

New Delhi, May 7: Unlike many of his present teammates, who have been picked to represent India in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024, skipper Rohit Sharma has earlier been part of a T20 World Cup winning Indian team.

Indeed Rohit was a member of the M S Dhoni-led Indian team, which lifted the inaugural ICC Men's T20 World Cup in 2007. But he was not part of the 2011 ODI World Cup victorious Indian squad, as he was left out due to a shoulder injury. However, his years-long teammate Virat Kohli, was a member of 2011 ODI World Cup winning Indian squad.

Both Kohli and Rohlit are in Team India squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024, which would be played in June.

In 2023, both of them were integral parts of Indian team, which despite winning 10 consecutive games, failed in the ODI World Cup final, as Australia edged the hosts. Captain Rohit was almost shell shocked like many and went almost incommunicado for a few days.

But now, Rohit does have another opportunity (perhaps his last) to lift an ICC World Cup, when he and Virat play the T20 ICC global multi-nation tournament in West Indies and the USA. 

Lakhs of Indian cricket fans are waiting eagerly for Rohit Sharma & Coto  lift the T20 World Cup 2024 trophy. Several former players too want to see Rohit lift the trophy. 

Former India star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has backed skipper Rohit to end India's ICC trophy drought.

After multiple failures in the major ICC tournaments, such as heartbreaking losses in the semi-final of the ICC men's T20 World Cup in 2022, the finals of the World Test Championship in 2023 and the ODI World Cup in 2023, the focus now shifts to the 2024 T20 World Cup to showcase the potential on the global stage.

After spending time with Rohit and seeing his incredible exploits, Yuvraj has a firsthand understanding of the commitment, talent, and fortitude that have elevated the devastating hitter to the top of Indian cricket.

"(Rohit’s presence is going to be) very crucial. I think we need a really good captain, a sensible captain who takes decisions well under pressure. And he’s the one to take them. He was the captain when we lost in the (World Cup) 50-over final (in 2023). He has won five IPL trophies as a captain. I think we need somebody like him to captain India," Yuvraj told the ICC.

Yuvraj was in the team when Rohit made his India debut against Ireland in 2007, it was at the fall of Yuvraj's wicket that he first appeared in international cricket. The 42-year-old recollected his first impression of Rohit, who joined the Indian squad at the early age of 17 and lavished the captain of India with compliments, highlighting his leadership, camaraderie, and humility both on and off the field.

"Very poor English,” Yuvraj said jokingly. "Very funny guy. From the streets of Borivali (in Mumbai), we always tease him. But a great guy at heart. The more success he’s had, he has never changed as a person. That’s the beauty of Rohit Sharma.

"Fun-loving, always having fun with the guys, A great leader on the park and one of my closest friends from cricket. I really want to see Rohit Sharma with a World Cup trophy and a World Cup medal. He really deserves it," added Yuvraj.

India are placed in Group A alongside arch-rivals Pakistan, Ireland, Canada and co-hosts USA.

Rohit-led side will begin their campaign on June 5 against Ireland at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

Rated by many as one of India's cool, composed, tactful and players' captain, Rohit Sharma certainly ticks all the boxes as a world class leader. If he can lift the ICC World Cup Trophy along with his decades old India teammate Virat Kohli, it would be indeed a great tribute to their glorious playing careers. (With IANS support) 

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