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"I really want to win World Cup," India captain Rohit Sharma not thinking about retirement

Published at :April 12, 2024 at 10:19 PM
Modified at :April 12, 2024 at 10:19 PM
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Utkarsh Rathour


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Rohit Sharma amassed 597 runs in the ODI World Cup 2023 in India.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is having a good run in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season with five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI). With Mumbai releasing Sharma from the captaincy duties ahead of the IPL 2024, the veteran opener is looking to enhance his batting skills in the toughest cricket league to make himself prepared for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

However, the Indian captain has opened up about his retirement. Rohit said that he will play for more years, and his main aim is to win a World Cup for the Indian cricket team. Earlier, BCCI secretary Jay Shah clarified that Rohit will take on leadership responsibilities in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024, which will be played in the USA and the West Indies in June.

I really want to win the World Cup: Rohit Sharma

In a special edition show with Breakfast with Champions with Ed Sheeran and Gaurav Kapur, the Indian skipper said he wants to win the World Cup, and wants India to make it to the World Test Championship Final in 2025, which will be played in England. Rohit further added that he is not thinking about retirement.

“I haven’t really thought about retirement. But, I don’t know where life takes you. I am still playing well at this point in time – so I am thinking I am going to continue for a few more years and then, I don’t know. I really want to win the World Cup and there is a WTC final in 2025, hopefully India makes it,” said Rohit.

50-over World Cup for me is the actual World Cup

While talking in the show, Rohit Sharma revealed that he considers 50-over World Cup as the real World Cup. Rohit also opened up about the loss in the ODI World Cup 2023 final against Australia in Ahmedabad. He added that the Aussies played better than the Indian cricket team.

“50-over World Cup for me is the actual world cup. We’ve grown up watching that World Cup. More importantly, it was happening in India in front of our home crowd. We played so well up until that final. When we won the semi-finals, I thought, now we’re just a step away. We’re doing all the things right,” Indian captain Rohit said.

“What’s the one thing that can make us lose the World Cup? Not a single thing came to my mind. Because I thought we ticked all the boxes, we were playing good cricket. Confidence was there,” Rohit added.

“We were all supposed to have one bad day and that I guess that was our bad day. Don’t think we played bad cricket in that final, certain things didn’t go our way. But Australia were slightly better than us,” Rohit concluded.

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